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January 9, 2019

Read John 9

 

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Scripture- John 9:25- “I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!”

Observations- Jesus healed a man born blind from on the Sabbath, which greatly upset the religious officials. The man was confronted several times by them about his healing, and his testimony came down to what he personally experienced: "I was blind, and now I can see!" Of course, it was not only literal sight that was so important in the story- seeing spiritual truth about Jesus was far more important. 

Application- What's your story? In what ways were you blind and now- through the power of the Holy Spirit's intervention in your life- you can see? No matter what it is your story is powerful and important. Your personal testimony points to the way you are alive and made new in Christ! Every follower of Jesus has a story worth repeating- whether it's a remarkable story of a 180 degree turnaround from a life far from God or a gently unfolding story of slowly allowing God's grace to operate more fully in our lives. I celebrate your unique story of transformation and new life in Christ!

Prayer- Dear God, thank You for moving me from spiritual blindness to being able to see Your truth in the power of grace. Of course, You well know all of my current blind spots, so come alongside me and help me see myself as I am as clearly as possible. Allow me the privilege of submitting myself once again to You, so I can remember I belong to You for Your glory. Amen.

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17),

Pastor Jamie

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January 8, 2019

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Read John 8

 

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ScriptureJohn 8:10-11- Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Observations- Jesus was brought a challenging issue, but far more than that He was presented with a woman in trouble created in the very image of God. The people who dragged the woman to Jesus decided they were worthy to serve as her "Ultimate Judges." In other words, they chose to seat in a seat that belonged to God alone. They wanted Jesus to confirm they were right; instead Jesus reminded the people, who were so eager to pick up and throw their stones, that they were guilty, too. Jesus was the only one with a right to be the "Ultimate Judge" of the woman caught in adultery and He chose not to do it. He held out forgiveness and the opportunity for new life. Of course, Jesus didn't let the woman off the hook by saying her behavior was just fine; rather He declined to condemn her, invited all the others who fell short to decline to condemn her, and invited her to "go and sin no more."

Application- Discernment of right from wrong remains an important responsibility of Christ followers. We can be right in the wrong way. We can also be wrong and have a good attitude about it. Both are problematic positions. Jesus encourages us to honor and support the truth in grace. We must never ultimately condemn anyone else for the wrong behaviors or paths they have chosen, because our hands aren't clean either. We were, are now, and always will be in need of the grace Jesus so freely offers. Any stones we might want to continue to carry around need to be intentionally dropped. Jesus, who has every right to condemn each one of us, chooses not to, but seeks to give us life. He says to each of us, "Go and sin (miss the mark of God's full intention for our lives) no more."

Prayer- Dear God, let me drop my stones of ultimate judgment today. Let me honor Your truth by slathering it in abundant, overflowing grace. Help me learn the lesson of how Jesus dealt with the woman who so desperately needed redemption and the crowd who wanted to condemn the woman, which so desperately needed redemption, too. Help me never be like the crowd. Help me receive Your offer to "go and sin no more." Amen.

 

Max Lucado referring to John 8:10-11: "If you have ever wondered how God reacts when you fail, frame these words and hang them on the wall. Read them. Ponder them. Drink from them. Stand below them and let them wash over your soul."

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Many of you will notice in your Bibles an asterisk (*) attached to this story about Jesus. This is because there are no early manuscripts of the Gospel of John that contain the story of the woman caught in adultery. Does this mean it didn't happen? Absolutely not! Very early on the church decided that this was a story that was a clear representation of who Jesus really was and chose to include it as a faithful, factual, and true story of John. In other words, those who were closest to Christ and the first generation of followers declared this to have the "ring of truth" to it. 

 

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