How did Jesus define His ministry? Before we get into John 8 – Let’s consider Luke 4.16; Matthew 9.10-13; and Matthew 11.28-30. This serves as a great back drop on John 8.1-11. What can we learn about this story?
I. John 7.1-8.1 – Understanding the Background.
- 7.14 – Jesus begins to teach in the temple. 7.28-30 – almost arrested.
- 7.37-44 – This is the last day of the feast – the greatest day of the feast.
- 7.53 – Everyone went to his own house. (It’s the end of the day).
- 8.1 – Jesus spent the night on the Mt. of Olives.
- 8.2 – Early the next morning, Jesus goes back to the temple to teach.
II. John 8.3-5 – The Trap.
- 8.3 – A throng drags in a woman bound in shame. Caught in adultery.
- 8.5-6a – Leviticus 20.10: Death penalty. How would Jesus respond?
- If Jesus said not to stone her, He violated the law.
- If Jesus said to stone her, He would lose His reputation as a friend of sinners.
III. The Heart of the Matter.
- How does God harmonize His justice with His mercy?
- Think of the contrast presented in Scripture.
- God is righteous: Isaiah 45.21; Amos 3.2.
- Yet, God is a God of forgiveness and mercy: Micah 7.18-20.
IV. John 8.6-11 – How Jesus Handles This.
- 8.6b – Jesus bends down and writes on the ground.
- 8.7a – They continued to ask. Persisted. Urgent. They want an answer. 8.7b.
- 8.8 – back to drawing on the ground.
- Jesus’point: The accusers themselves needed not to be subject to accusation.
- 8.9a – They begin to slither away.
- 8.9b – Who stayed? The woman. 8.10-11a – no one stayed to condemn her.
- 8.11b – Jesus: Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.
- How could she just go away and sin no more?
- He could tell her to go because He was going to die in her place – for her adultery. A life of thankfulness would move her to steer clear of sin.
- Look at the cross. See what He did there. …For you.
- You’ve been offered the opportunity to start life anew.
- Will you trust in Jesus for your salvation?