Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Message

John 8  NKJV
1 ¶  But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2  Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.
3  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,
4  they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.
5  "Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?"
6  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7  So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first."
8  And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?"
11  She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."
The Pharisees were a religious order of men who unfortunately typical to every generation. Jesus was not a religious man. Christianity is not about religion but rather about relationship.
Jesus didn’t just die for you, He died as you. (Ashley Hammonds – Sunday, September 4, 2016)
Religion is based on a set of do’s and don’ts … Christianity is about done! Jesus done it … (error accepted)
Religion is an attempt
·        to be good without God.
·        To blame God for your attitude, judgments, critical reviews and strong opinions.
·        Religion blames the imperfections of others for their own problems.
·        Religion tried to make God responsible for the way I feel.
·        Christianity what makes us responsible for how God feels.
Christianity is not about a set of laws but rather about personal responsibilities. Christianity is a partnership. Some people mistakenly refer to Church as organized religion. Although religious people may attend Church to cover themselves or try to hide their personal agendas, no one can change the mind of God about the Church or about His Children.
God loves His children and Jesus loves His Church. We are all responsible to live the Word of God and use the Bible as an example. There were, are and always will be problems on planet earth. Jesus came to set the record straight by showing us the truth and showing us the Father’s heart.
God has given everyone the same thing – opportunity.
·        A person can miss it
·        A person can waste it
·        A person can sleep right trough it
·        A person can recognize it and make the most of it
When it comes to the Gospel message we need to always ask ourselves a few questions before we begin to take action in the name of Jesus.
1.   Who is the message I am about to send from?
a.   Me, God or others?
2.   What is the message about?
a.   Am I just aggravated or irritated?
b.   Is it a message love and redemption?
c.   What will happen if others believe me?
3.   Who is the message to?
4.   What is the message of the Gospel?