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December 10, 2020 5:00 am
Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan writing we come to something that is absolutely important that we know is a big problem you get very confused as Christians throughout the history of Christendom about this question. How does Jesus see our sin. Pastor Alan welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light. I'm Daniel Brittan excited for you to hear the teaching today.
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More on that later in the program right now. Let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan writing. Jesus has so decisively your sand that every accusation of hell has to fall impotently to the ground like rocks fighting into the dust. You and Christ are not condemned but free. We are in a series that is called you'll see because it is all about seeing as Jesus sees and when you get the eyes of Jesus about a situation about a person about your own life. When you see things the way he sees it, then you can think, the way things feel the things he feels and act in the and write a court instead of trying to manage our behaviors and our thoughts. What we're focusing on is a simple prayer Jesus.
Let me see this as you do. And today we come to something that it absolutely important that we know is a big problem and yet we we get very confused as Christians throughout the history of Christendom about this question. How does Jesus see our sin and and and and we order understand this good when a beautiful beautiful story in John chapter 8 John chapter 8 picking up at verse 53 of chapter 7 we read that they went to each his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of olives.
And early in the morning he came into the temple all the people came to him and he sat down in a taught Jesus in this traditional position of being seated as he's teaching and one of the outer court of the Temple verse three, 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 that in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say, and they said this to test him that they might have some charge to bring against Jesus meant down the road with his finger on the ground as they continue to ask him. He stood up and said to them, let him who is without sin among you, be the first to throw a stone at her once more.
He bent down and wrote on the ground when I heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him, Jesus stood up and said her woman well today has no one condemned you. She said no one worn and Jesus said, neither do I condemn you go and from now on sin no more. My friend Kenny Pastor Kenny has a minister friend who this really happened to him. He was officiating. A wedding and the couple said they will distance a little different very and as they were making their recessional down the center aisle exiting it into the service, the couple said they wanted to get midway down the aisle and then have the music be brought down and there be applause and they wanted to turn around to face the minister and they asked the minister of he would please say go and the Lord be with you, traditional liturgical statement and passion. Celeste sounds fine that be great. So they came for the wedding. The wedding went just beautifully and got to the end of the wedding and I know exactly how that pastor felt like okay that weddings done in your start and you know musics go and insert and think about the next thing you got your day or whatever. And the couple is recessing out. They stopped midway down the music paused and they turn around look to the minister knows that he remembered he was supposed to say something and before he realized what time they were just came out of his mouth go and sin no more.
You can do to get out of that strength organ back up and keep going. You just can't do the about it. The Pharisees wanted to put Jesus into the horns of a dilemma. They had set a trap for him as they were always trying to do in this particular trap.
They know that Jesus taught about love and grace and mercy that the quote sinners love being around him.
He became known as the friend of sinners and he taught about the mercy of God, and he also knew that he had affirmed that he hadn't come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. So what they did was they by some means we don't know how what trickery or what they've done, but they they caught a woman in adultery and brought the poor woman in all of her shame right into the midst of the crowd of them with Jesus.
There is that here we call her in the very act of adultery, which according to the book of Leviticus had a mandate of punishment by death. Interestingly, there seems to be a distinction between the instances of capital punishment by stoning, which is a particularly heinous way of dying versus other means and the active stoning was reserved for betrothed brides that it would require certificate of divorce.
If you are Butch Rose was much more than engagement.
If they were caught in adultery so could be that this was a young woman that was very young and it was betrothed which I don't know for sure what we do know is that according to the Jewish law, both the man and woman when their contract adultery were to be brought forward and punish, but they know about this one because it wasn't really about the limit they were trying to trick Jesus and trap him in the say how are you going to handle a situation where on the one hand, justice, and the word of God says here's what the appropriate punishment it and and yet your teacher of grace and so how you handle the this is essentially that sums up the whole problem for Jesus in general and that is it is seen why that justice and mercy can't go together.
It seems like that righteousness and unconditional love can't fit together and this is the reason for Jesus to come to earth is because in the person of Jesus Christ. God found a way for justice and mercy to meet and stand to be a Christian means to be someone who is accepted a gift from God through Christ. The gift is that Jesus took the punishment that was due for human sin and therefore God is just because he said sin must be punished and so sin was punished, but it was the greatest act of mercy imaginable because God did so through the gift of his own son. So in this one man, Jesus, justice and mercy meet.
He is both just and the justifier so there always seem to be a trap on this. What hello want to do a try. Put Jesus like what you do will put you on in a dilemma between justice and mercy. And here is a beautiful story that shows us how Jesus brings justice and mercy together and how it is that he so thoroughly deals with the problem of this woman's sin and it points us to.
I think some beautiful truths about how Jesus… And our sin and how he deals with it because you need to see this from the perspective of Christ, there is the very force of hell is to bring a spirit of condemnation over even the believers, and many many many people, even Christians been present for a long time have a lot of confusion about this so we look at this beautiful story today to learn how does Jesus see our sin while in the first thing to say he sees it. He sees all of it. He is according to this story, and according to who we know God is, he is the one who sees all things are so clearly in the story. The first thing we learn is that not only is this woman's sin exposed. Jesus knows the sins of the Pharisees and understands that everyone has sin that we all have the same problem. Some of you have heard my admission of this that I have made in the past.
W not known this, but I just might as well tell you that I have in my life had a brush with the law talent right will have more teaching moment from today's important series want to give someone a present this Christmas. The build never forget. Let us help you give a gift, that money can't buy this Christmas.
Give someone your blessing a positive biblically-based faith filled vision for their life in the beginning God blessed Adam and Eve and then told them to be fruitful and multiply, because in God's design blessing isn't the reward for productivity. It's the fuel for it. Now more than ever, someone you love needs your blessing and we're here to help you craft this month. Special offer from Alan Wright is a beautiful booklet that will teach you how to craft an full blessing for easy step-by-step instructions are biblically based, and even include a worksheet that helps you write your blessing.
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Give someone you love a present, not found in stores, a gift from your own heart that will encourage and empower write down the blessing and put it in the package under the tree or put it in your Christmas card build never forget it when you make your gift. Alan Wake ministries this month will send you this booklet is our thinking so you can discover the power to bless call us at 877-544-4860 or visit pastor and.org these teaching now can you once again is Alan writing I was in college and I was home for the summer and my buddy Bob that I grew up with see that much in my later years, but Bob call me up on a hot summer day, said let's go swimming down at the old rock quarry. I said what about that is all you never benefit now is fantastic. It is like a scene from out West is like a canyon. Is it is gorgeously 100 feet of crystal clear water you can jump off a little cliff and swim around OS is fantastic and so will do they allow you to swim and they said all everybody swims that it and so I said okay and off I went with Bob. They understand that Bob and I are quite different. Bob's idea of what was right and wrong were notsame as mine and him whole goody two shoes life.
I had never, to my knowledge violated the law and we pulled up to a gate.
Here's a big no trespassing signs that was set. He said all this is thereby business as it will. How do we get anything we just climb over this meant right here as it would go climb over the fence right over the no trespassing signs again by does it come on okay. I went on and we start small and rented just as he said it was beautiful Ontario rock quarry that gets filled up with water and is just pure I mean is far as I can see that water deep pure clear and and refreshing and we are swimming ranging swim around through an integrated jump off little cliffs and all this so tribes have the time of our life as I have Bob say otherwise. And he pointed out and there was an officer of the law on the bluff started to walk down into the rock quarry and so I did. I had the universal reaction to being caught in your sin as try to hide behind a rock. It was well known as those of my Live Oak Bob and I try to hide behind rocks. You can't hide when some eyes away. Love you hide behind a rock does not work and so were crouching down stupidly behind rocks and the police may come down and he tells us that this is no trespassing area and that the owners of the property had decided to start enforcing it.
They start enforcing it that day and so he said boys, me and I am moment. If I saw him today. My friend Bob would bring this back up to me. It is so embarrassing that I said it, but look good. Hopefully you read and I said do you want me to sir clearly is. It is a hoodlum. There is no trespassing does not, and I thought I was thinking was really too good to be arrested by you right now for trespassing is good to me. I will go to my car and head so so Bob and I was sweating like I'm ruined my whole life. Here you know I got mono jailer is my life seem to care one bit lie was a big deal. Well, so we get written up for this and give the court date and here's how Bob reacted to it is that one will be in Colorado you live in Colorado time. I think you take a year off. He did eventually go to college there but you just skiing and stuff and is out in Colorado.
So if you want to come spend their money in Guilford County come out here in Colorado and bring me back for a simple trespassing. Let them come after me.
I'm not the court date and I was shaking in my boots I can ruin my life and I never got my dad to do any favorably billed by the new. The DA call the DA eventually they threw it out and I was like so this day I'm still cleaning my records clean how differently we react on the one hand, we all have the same reaction and that is crouched behind a rock, but how differently and we tend to go and wanted to different direction. Bob and I really typify that one reaction is mine and that is why I am so good in every other way that this trespass can't be held against me. The Pharisees brought this woman because essentially what they were saying is we are so righteous. It never would cross their mind that Jesus would point out their own sin to them when so good. We brought a sinner out here to see what you're going to do about it is like now is the all the sin he will lose them as were all on the same playing field here. We've all fallen short of the glory of God. The other way to deal with sin is act like it's not sin is like with my own code Colorado give me a interest balance care about that in no it is why in our culture is just hilarious. The way that political figures and celebrities try to apologize without apologizing this hilarious is in it. That's the passive tense mistakes were made. I admit it or and if apology. That is where the site if anyone was offended by my remarks then you will come to the other. They like the other phrase here. This is, I deeply regret.
If you want to dodge all of it. You could just put her altogether. The passive tense that if thing and the deeply regret and make your apology and put it all together if anyone was offended.
I admit mistakes were made and I deeply regret the whole situation we are about to say. I sent Jesus makes this clear. He sees all of the sin he sees the underlying plot and conspiracy.
He sees that the woman was caught in sin and he sees it. What the Pharisees are doing is cruel to expose a woman to public shame. And he knows all of their own sense by the unction of the Holy Spirit. He notes I want to just suggest to you that the fact that God knows every one of your secrets is maybe the best thing she could ever have David and beautiful.
Psalm 139, when the most powerful beautiful Psalms on this powerful, beautiful chapters of all of the Scripture Psalm 130 after Lord you have searched me and known me, you know when I sit down and when I rise you discern my thoughts from afar you search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue to hold Lord you know it altogether. If I were to rise on the wings of the dawn, and traveled to the uttermost parts of the sea you are there.
If I were to make my bed in the depths of CO oh God, you are there. David had come into the blissful and wondrous knowing that God sees all is in all places and that even your thoughts and intentions of your heart.
God sees and something happened to David where he realized that this is a wonderful thing because by the end of the Psalm in verse 23 he said search me oh God, and know my heart try me and know my thoughts. She would David say now is like. I realize that this is one of those wonderful days could ever happen to me is for you to see everything in me and he says is verse 24 and see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. There's something about abundant life and being known by God at the very worst in your life that is connected and here's what it is only if you're fully known.
Can you be fully loved for. If you are in love by someone who doesn't know your secret sins and your worst parts of your heart. If you haven't seen it, and they don't know what you always wonder is whether or not they really love the real you think you're hiding and covering then you're wondering whether they're just loving the appearance of who I am, rather than who I am Jim Keller in his book the meaning of marriage, put it succinctly to be loved, but not known, is comforting but superficial to be known and not loved, is our greatest fear is why we keep our secrets but God knows them all and for so much earlier in my life. Even in my earlier Christian life that thought instead of nourishing me and comforting me. Maybe a little afraid a little like maybe I should stay away from God because maybe God will expose something about me, maybe God would want to humiliate me and what this beautiful story of Jesus proves to us is God is not like that, but instead here's the truth of the gospel, God having known every single flaw in your life pass today and in the future loved you, so infinitely that he came to die for you, and greater love has no one lined today's good news message can then no more.
It's from the series you'll see Pastor Alan's back with us in the studio here in just a moment with what today's good news means for you want to give someone a present this Christmas that they'll never forget.
Let us help you give a gift, that money can't buy this Christmas.
Give someone your blessing a positive biblically-based faith filled vision for their life in the beginning God blessed Adam and Eve and then told them to be fruitful and multiply, because in God's design blessing isn't the reward for productivity.
It's the fuel for it. Now more than ever, someone you love needs your blessing and we're here to help you craft this month.
Special offer from Alan Wright is a beautiful booklet that will teach you how to craft an full blessing for easy step-by-step instructions are biblically based, and even include a worksheet that helps you write your blessing. So this Christmas. Give someone you love a present, not found in stores, a gift from your own heart that will encourage and empower write down the blessing and put it in the package under the tree or put it in your Christmas card will never forget it when you make your gift Alan Wright Ministries this month will send you this booklet is our thinking so you can discover the power to bless call us at 877-544-4860 or visit pastor and.org back now with pastor out and so what are take away from this series is teaching today so we are learning how to see with the eyes of Jesus, and it's a whole different way of living instead of living more holistically, which is to say what would Jesus do and I'll try hard to be like Jesus. The invitation of the Gospels much richer.
There's a way of being empowered to live as he does in one of the ways that I am many others been putting into practice is by a simple discipline a prank, Lord, how you see this and when you see through Jesus's eyes that change your feelings that change your thoughts that change your behaviors because we act according to what we actually see and today were learning Daniel the one of the things we need to see through Jesus's eyes.
His only other sins but we need to see our own sin.
We need to see the full depth of the way that he can forgive us. We need to be out to see our accusers for who they are asked Jesus, you see all these failures in my life will show you chain today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan Wright Ministries