Message from Dr. Jack Gatlin
Drop the Rocks (John 8:1-11)kjv
8 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. 2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him and he sat down, and taught them. 3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery, and when they had set he in the midst, 4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned; but what sayest thou? 6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with him finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them. He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
In studying this passage of scripture we are reminded of the hypocrisy of the religious leaders during the time Jesus lived. As we recognize the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Scribes, we must also look within ourselves and determine what is our attitude toward sinners. Are we guilty of judging others, or do we try not to judge but to lead others to know the joys of being a christian?
What is actually taking place in these verses? Jesus had just came from the Mount of Olive to the Temple where he was teaching. The religious leaders brought a woman accused of adultery and engaged him in order to entrap him and to undermine his relationship as he taught all who would listen including sinners. They reminded him of the law of Moses, as though he was unaware of the penalty of adultery. Can you imagine her fear as she stood accused knowing that she may die, but in the presence of Christ she found forgiveness and acceptance. We need to ask ourselves whenever we are around unsaved do they feel judged or accepted. The Pharisees and Scribes judged her and made her feel she was hated and fearful for her life. How do we interact with the unsaved world do they see us as forgiving and loving? Maybe we need to “drop the rock”
In this situation Jesus showed respect by treating her as a human being. Jesus saw the inner person, the person she could be, not just the sinner. As we as Christians seek to pattern our lives after the life of Jesus, we are reminded that we should also see the potential in others, not just the sin, and try to lead them to Christ as we extend to them respect and caring. We too were sinners until God through his mercy sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. As we humbly accept God’s Grace we need to extend love to others. The results of this attitude can be described in he following four actions; never condemn others, recognizing that if you can change, so can others, never be intimidated by the self-richous, and never throw rocks at others.
You may never be considered “great” by the world, but to God, you are omnipotent, unique, and a treasure. We as Christian must reach out to others and show love and compassion becoming aware of our actions, words, and deeds as we try to live the lives God would have us live, loving each other, not judging, but treating everyone we meet with compassion and respect.
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