Grace - It’s More Than You Think Pt. 2
Hebrews 12:15… See to it that no one misses the grace of God…
WEEK 2: SILENCING THE ACCUSER
John 8:2-11… (NLT) Early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3) As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 4) “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5) The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6) They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.
Max Lucado: “He’s prone to stoop. He stooped to wash feet, to embrace children. Stooped to pull Peter out of the sea, to pray in the garden. He stooped before the Roman whipping post. Stooped to carry the cross. Grace is a God who stoops. Here He stopped to write in the dust.”
7) They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8) Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9) When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10) Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
Revelation 12:9-10… (NLT) This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. 10) Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night.
Max Lucado: “Condemnation – the preferred commodity of Satan. He will repeat the adulterous woman scenario as often as you permit him to do so, marching you through the city streets and dragging your name through the mud. He pushes you into the center of the crowd and megaphones your sin: but he will not have the last word.”
11) “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Romans 8:34… (NLT) Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Hebrews 10:21-22… (NLT) And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22) let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Ephesians 2:8-10… (NLT) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9) Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Romans 8:1… There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit
Colossians 3:1-3… Seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2) Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3) For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
11) And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”