Today, we’ll read John 7:1-9, Luke 9:51-56, Matthew 8:18-22, Luke 9:57-62, John 7:10-53, and John 8:1-20. We are busy here in the New Testament –
Look at the boldness that Jesus encourages:
“This isn’t My time. It’s your time—it’s always your time; you have nothing to lose.” John 7:6 MSG
Jesus’ brothers are wanting Him to “go public”, but Jesus know it is not His time. I think the words He gives His brothers could apply to us right now: it is always our time. It is always time to bring Jesus into our conversations, integrate Him so completely into our lives that the world would have a witness of Christ even by our every day living.
I love the account of Jesus and the adulterous woman. She was surrounded by accusers, BUT Jesus….
“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?”’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ ” John 8:10-11
He does not condemn her, but He did teach her right from wrong. Guilt can lead us to forgiveness and temptation – condemnation from the enemy only pushes you further away. Jesus didn’t take on the anger of the crowd, but He loved the woman herself. The point is always restoration. The point is always right relationship. The point is always love.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ ‘ John 8:12 NKJV
The goal is always restoration. The goal is always right relationship. The goal is always love. What the enemy meant to drive this dear one further into darkness, Jesus used to lead her to the light of life. Do you notice: Jesus was not concerned with her circumstances or her sin – He was concerned with her soul and restoration. It doesn’t matter where we are, what choices we have made – God wants us closer.
What would it look like if we adopted Jesus’ goals as our own?