On Sunday, Alex York continued our Lenten sermon series called "Kinetic" with a sermon from John 8 called "Throwing Stones."
Though there is some question about when this section was written, the story certainly sounds like the authentic Jesus.
The motives of the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus and pit him against Moses.
Their motive is political, using the woman as a means to an end.
They don't apply the law fairly. Where's the guy?
They're actually misquoting -- death was prescribed for adultery, but not by stoning except in very particular circumstances (as given in Deuteronomy 22:21).
Jesus wrote something on the ground with his finger. Something convicting.
"Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
Jesus swiveled the spotlight onto them.
This fits with Matthew 7:1-5. You need to be careful when you find yourself judging. When it comes to judging, your first priority is you.
God doesn't let us prescribe the consequences of the sins of others as much as we would like.
It doesn't mean that we can't know what's right and wrong. (Hebrews 5:14)
For us as a church: Broken people are going to be coming -- broken people like us. Resist the temptation to judge people. The challenge is to offer love and grace. Show that God loves us in spite of our flaws. People with problems are welcome.
Jesus doesn't excuse her sin -- but he's very gracious. John 3:17 -- Jesus didn't come to condemn, but to rescue.
"Go now and leave your life of sin."
Don't let your brokenness define who you are! God's grace is greater.
Don't let your sin keep you from becoming what God made you to be! Jesus makes us the same offer.
Practical Alternatives to Judging Other People:
(We're good at identifying other people's flaws and coming up with proposed consequences!)
Bless instead of curse. (Romans 12:14)
Focus on the positives. (Philippians 4:8)
Pray for the people who make life difficult for you. (Matthew 5:44)
Examine yourself. Are those annoyances a mirror?
Daily ask God to search your heart.
We should be living joyful lives. (Malachi 4:2)