S.O.A.P. December 3, 2017
These are the steps of the Temple where Jesus would have had such and encounter.
December 3, 2017
Read John 8:1-20
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Scripture- John 8:10-12- 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.” Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
Observations- Jesus told people He was the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophesy in Isaiah 9:2: "The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine." He hoped the woman caught in adultery would see Him as the light of her world to guide out of darkness and chaos and into light and peace. Jesus was the only one present who had a right to condemn, but He refused to do it; instead He offered her a fresh chance and a new life by taking her sin seriously and offering her serious forgiveness.
Application- One thing Jesus doesn't do with us is declare that our sin doesn't matter; that is, He doesn't merely say, "Neither do I," but He also goes on to say, "Go and sin no more." The only chance we have to live into this command is with His ongoing help. As we acknowledge Jesus is the One who is the light of our world, we are free from the power of cancelled sin (justification) and free to be engaged in the process of sinning less (sanctification). We never again have to walk in darkness.
Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for Your mercy, grace, and love. You know how much I needed it 38 years ago, and You are well aware of how much I still need these qualities flowing into my life as a gift everyday. Help me choose the light over the darkness. Help me choose Your peace over the chaos. Help me run from thoughts, words, deeds that miss the mark of Your full intention for my life, in Your glory. Amen.
"For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins." (Colossians 1:13-14),