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Jesus does not condemn you (John 8)
Monday Exodus 20:1-17 (NRSV)
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any workyou, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Over your lifetime so far, which of these have been the easiest for you to follow?
Over your lifetime so far, which are the hardest for you to follow?
Tuesday John 8:2-6a (NRSV)
Early in the morning [Jesus] came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him.
Look up Leviticus 20:10. Were the scribes and Pharisees accurately reporting the law?
What does the punishment say to you about the importance of honoring the relationship between a husband and wife?
If you are married, do you hold your own marriage in this high a regard?
Do you hold everyone else’s marriage in this high a regard?
Wednesday John 8:6b-9 (NRSV)
Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, [Jesus] straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
A couple action steps today:
1) Go to Jesus and talk about the things in your life that need forgiveness. He doesn’t condemn you. But he might tell you to go your way and sin no more. It’s good advice to follow!
2) Start looking for people that have taken bad actions (and are sorry for them) that you can tell this story to: that Jesus does not condemn them, and he advises them to go their way and sin no more.
Thursday John 3:17 (NRSV)
God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Who is feeling condemned that needs to know this?
Friday Romans 5:7-10 (NRSV)
Rarely will anyone die for a righteous personthough perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.
Having given us everything – his very life – Christ will not now abandon us.
Who needs to know this?
Saturday Romans 8:31-39 (NRSV)
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Who needs to know this?
What have you done this week because of Jesus?
What do you plan to do next week because of Jesus?
How To Be A Christian (in four easy steps)
1) Talk to God about what’s up.
2) Do whatever God tells you.
3) If you don’t hear anything specific, do anything Jesus told his followers to do.*
*Jesus told his followers lots of things, but here’s a reminder of the basics: 1) Love God with everything you’ve got. 2) Love those you see in need in the same measure as you love yourself. (Ways Jesus taught his followers to love people were to announce good news to the poor, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, and raise the dead.)
What needs of the world to you want to talk to God about?
What are you hearing God tell you?
When will you take action?
La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.
The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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