Topic: Why you need Jesus I [Wednesday 9, November 2016]
Read: John 8:1-12 (KJV)
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But
Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though
he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto
them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went
out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus
was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said
unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have
the light of life.
Bible in One Year: Genesis 8:1-11:9, Psalms 99-100
Those who are born of God do not commit sin because the seed of God is
in them. The moment a person becomes born-again, sin becomes distasteful
to such an individual. The moment a person comes in contact with Jesus;
he becomes a new creature. There is no amount of morality and
self-righteousness that can declare one a saint, this can be done only
through the help of Jesus Christ, because until there is a shedding of
blood, there is no remission of sins. The primary reason why Jesus came
to the earth is simply to deliver people from sin. The moment sin is
removed; there will be a great relationship with God. It is sin that
takes us far from God.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and we see this in the life
of the woman caught in the act of adultery. There was something Jesus
saw that others didn’t see. Jesus saw a sinner afflicted with the works
of the devil. Jesus knew that the moment a woman like that comes to the
knowledge of the Truth, she would be free from condemnation. Right
there, the grace of God found her and she went and sinned no more. There
are many honourable things to gain from living a holy life. 2 Timothy 2:19 says:
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the
name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
The moment a person departs from the life of sin and turns to the path
of holiness, he becomes a vessel unto the Most-High God. The life of
such a person becomes honourable. There are many people who claim to be
Christians today but are living in sin. A genuine Christian must keep
sin at a distance, live a life of good works through Jesus Christ and be
a vessel that is clean both within and without.
Jesus showed the Pharisees their hypocrisy with respect to the case of
the woman caught in adultery. They accused Jesus of breaking the law.
They wanted to trap Jesus through her case, only to be caught in their
own trap. They vanished one after the other by the time Jesus showed
them the motives of their actions. This is why you must come to Jesus,
no matter how terrible you feel you might have fallen. You cannot fall
below His grace.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
There is a sure reward for those who forsake the path of sin and choose
the path of righteousness. Righteousness will exalt you, but sin will
always bring reproach.
Key Point: Who you follow determines what follows you.
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Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.
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