Saturday, January 14, 2017

How Did Jesus Deal With SIN?

John 8:2

"Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

The adulterous woman is a great example of how Jesus dealt with sin during His earthly ministry, the woman was clearly in the wrong, caught in the very act of committing adultery! So how did God in the flesh handle this situation? The Scribes and Pharisees were ready to stone her to death without a problem or hesitation, but they asked Jesus "what do you say"?

Jesus stooped down to write on the ground with His finger, why did Jesus do that? My own opinion is that Jesus was praying to the Father in Heaven and did that to buy a little time while He waited on the word from the throne. They continued to ask Him, but Jesus was at peace and when He received the answer of God from above, He raised Himself up and spoke. "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first", wisdom from the Most High that could not be opposed or contradicted!

No man was left to condemn her and Jesus didn't condemn her either, He loved her and forgave her, BUT He commanded her to "go and sin no more"! Jesus was letting her know that adultery is wrong, it's sin, and she shouldn't do it anymore. I wonder if she listened to Jesus? No other word is written about the woman in scripture.

Another example is when Jesus healed the man who was sick and unable to walk for thirty eight years.

John 5:1-15

"After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well."

We see again the compassion and love of Jesus for those who are sick and hurting. Jesus knew the man had been ill for a very long time and asked him if he wanted to be made well. Not knowing who Jesus was, the man proceeded to tell Him that he had no one to put him in the pool. Jesus commanded him to rise up and walk! Immediately the man was made well! That's the power and love of God for the broken and oppressed!

Notice that Jesus did not even address the spiritual condition of the man at that time, but later when Jesus found the man in the temple He said to him, "See, you have been made well. SIN NO MORE, lest a worse thing come upon you!

So we learn here that sin can cause many physical ailments of the body as well as the soul! But Jesus can deal with it all! Glory to God for sending us The Chain Breaker, The Redeemer, The Forgiver of our sins and The Healer of all our diseases!

In Jesus,

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