Grace Two Ways
The Bible we read is beautiful. Its full of 66 books written by a ton of different authors, telling long stories, short stories, general stories, detailed stories, but all of those things point to Jesus being our savior.
Tonight we are going to look at one of those stories. Its about a woman meeting Jesus on the worst day of her life.
“Early in the morning [Jesus] came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” – John 8:2-11
1. Grace doesn’t condemn us.
- ‘condemn’ is a legal word, meaning to sentence or to punish
“ALL have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
- God cannot be near sin. God is holy and just so he must punish sin. You and I deserve punishment for what we’ve done.
- The story of the Gospel if we believe it and live it saves us from condemnation. Christ sacrificed himself on a cross so you can have grace and not be condemned.
2. Grace doesn’t leave us stuck in our sin.
“…from now on sin no more.” Jesus isn’t telling this woman that she needs to be perfect from here on out. He is telling her all she needs to do is repent.
- Repentance is not just stopping the sin and staying there, but its stopping the sin and running the other way.
- Grace doesn’t leave us where we are at. It walks with us forever. It’s not a one time act, but a daily thing that you and I need.
- You are sinful just like that woman was. Maybe not in the same way, but in the same principle. And you need a Savior.
Jesus does not want to condemn and punish you; he wants to lavish that same grace and love upon you that he gave the adulterous woman in John 8.
- If this is the first time hearing about the Grace that Jesus has for his children then come talk to me or one of our there leaders. We would love to walk with you through all of this.
- If Jesus is already your savior you still need his grace.
- Lastly, what do you need to turn away from today. What sin do you need to receive his grace for and repent of?