go and sin no more
red letters are letters of Jesus
red letters are letters of Jesus
extremely powerful words
Who wants to be happy?
let’s see what Jesus says about being happy
1st what did Jesus NOT say about it
go into all of the world and preach whatever makes people happy
whoever wants to be my disciple must affirm themselves, avoid the cross, and follow their own heart
ask and it will be given to you, because God is your heavenly sugar daddy
Jesus never said any of that!
Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.
but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 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.
Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
Jesus teaching Bible in town square
where is the man that was committing this sin with her?
what were these men doing to bump into this lady in the act?
she was probably barely dressed
they were bringing her before Jesus to try to trip Him up
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 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.
stop at “against him”
Complicated: Law of Moses
she is guilty (stoned)
Jesus agree - lose reputation of being loving
if he says to let this one slide then He is condoning adultery
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.
what did Jesus write
don’t know for sure
later manuscripts - wrote sins of accusers
graf-in to write down
kata grafin - kata against
write down against someone
maybe he began writing down sins against those accusing
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!”
without sin - without even wanting to
why is it so easy to see the sin in others but yet so hard to see the sin in self?
I preach on loving others, taking every opportunity for Gospel, life in secret should match life in public or in church
not very long ago I was at work and I got a phone call at the shop phone
so I am working on a car,
jump up and run to the phone
and it’s a telemarketer
had about 8 already that day
and I let him know how big of a waste of time that he was and that his company was stealing from our business by making these bogus calls and that I never wanted to hear from him again
my dad overheard his pastor on the phone with a telemarketer and confronted me about it
Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 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. 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.”
GO AND DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY
GO NOW AND FOLLOW YOUR HEART
DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU DO
YOU DO YOU
“No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
other translations say :Go now and leave your life of sin”
GO NOW - URGENT
leave your life of sin
sin no more
full of love and urgency
don’t need to live in shame
you don’t have to live in darkness
no longer hostage to sin
Why do we give into the temptation of sin?
(It is fun)
pleasure for a season
if you don’t think that sin was fun that you didn’t do it right
but it’s empty and leads to death
sin promises satisfaction at the cost of disobedience to God and eventual pain to you
maybe she was evil and wicked and wanted to be a home wrecker and destroy somone elses marriage
maybe she was in a marriage that went flat
husband took her granted
inattentive to her
maybe verbally abusive
maybe she got a new job to feel better about herself
one day she is talking to a guy at the office
attention and compliments at work
notices her hair
comments on her FB
one day they both find themselves working late
maybe at this point she is thinking that she wishes that her husband was more like him
her bestfriend says to her “follow your heart”
one thing leads to another....
don’t know how it happened
but step by step
finds herself barely dressed in a place of complete shame in public
why do we find oursleves in a place
we live in a place that beleives that there is no absolute truth
you believe what you believe and I’ll believe what I believe
without a belief in absolute truth
truth is defined by whatever makes me happy
when the bottom line is my happiness
then happiness becomes the standard by which I judge my actions
know it’s wrong but it feels so right!
problem is that so many of us think that happiness and holiness are at odds
choose one or the other
holiness = miserable existence
God is not in heaven looking down at us saying that He wants us to be holy and miserable
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
Looking in wrong place
fish happy on beach Max Lucado
well he is there flopping so it doesn’t look like it
give him things of the world
give him money
throw a party
with best fish from the sea
bunch of likes on FB
fish will never be happy on the beach
we should lower our expectation of earth
we were never made to be here
Holiness is the pathway to true happiness and joy
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
not fleeting pleasures of sin but eternal ones
That’s why Jesus didn’t condemn her and shame her more
but he said that there is more for her
to live for what really matters
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT’S RIGHT BUT KEEP DOING WRONG?
smoking, drinking, perscriptions
lust and porn
sin promises satisfaction
at the cost of disobedience to God
and eventually the destruction of self
FAITHFULNESS OF GOD
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
there is always a potential for freedom
always a way out
every temptation is an invitation to depend upon Jesus
Go now and leave life of sin
remorse and repentance
re-pent: return to the highest
If you rebuke the enemy and return to God by repenting of your sins and receiving Christ, your spirit will be reborn, your mind renewed, your life rebuilt. you will be reconciled by Christ’s redeeming work and reap the rewards of relationship causing revival to break free!
set us free to follow you