Trap- No one is worthy, so why waste my time
Own- We have no right to throw the first stone because we ourselves aren't without sin.
Mercy- The true Gospel is preaching of our standing, not our state. We are constantly reminded of our state (our afflictions) every day. But, we preach the finished work of Jesus (our standing).
What does Christ have to say?
And we can look at today’s scripture as a reference for that…
“Neither do I condemn you, now Go and SIN NO MORE…”
This is the essence of Salvation
-The trap is the understanding we are sinners but staying under the guise of condemnation.
-Own the reality of the fact that you have sinned, but you are not a sinner!
-In his mercy, share His mercy.
You may have messed up… but you aren’t a mess-up
You may have done drugs…but you aren’t a druggie.
You may have slept around…but you aren’t a slut.
You may have cheated…but you aren’t a cheater.
You may have become addicted to something…but you aren’t an addict.
DON’T OWN THE ENEMY’S LIE ABOUT YOUR IDENTITY! Take responsibility for the mistake without making it who you are!
When you accept Jesus… you are a son, you are a daughter of the King. This woman in our story today committed adultery, but Jesus didn’t label her as an adulteress. Even the bible says, “woman caught in the act of adultery.”
What you have done is not who you are! Why, God’s compassion is greater than your mistakes. That’s why there is joy at the coming home of the lost. They step out of what they have done into who they are.