This not that

Posted: August 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

This not That   

I figure, In order to teach you the things Jesus is looking for, I need to start by showing you what he’s not looking for. Makes sense, right? There were many occasions where Jesus opened a can of whoop butt while confronting the Pharisees.

What exactly is a Pharisees you ask? Well that’s another good place to start.

Pharisee: A member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity.

Basically they believed their doo doo had no odor and if it did, it smelled a lot like roses. Jesus however was in constant conflict with these stinky, pretentious, self righteous ancient dudes.

We are going to look at some of these instances where their beliefs clashed with the teachings of Jesus. Starting with a woman caught in adultery and ending with a short dude in a tree.

Pay close attention, put your learning cap thingies on because you are about to embark on a journey where you will find out what Jesus in looking for in a follower and equally important, what he is not.

Human pinata

By now, we all know what sin is, but for those of you who are just emerging from your darkened rooms, shielding your eyes from the sunlight, thumbs aching from a nine year marathon of gaming, I will clarify it.

Sin in its purest form is anything that separates us from God. Anything that comes between God and you, is a sin. Newsflash, we all sin, everyday. Yes even your sweet little ole grandmother. Calm down. I’m sorry you had to find out this way. But it’s true.

Deserving of death

    The Pharisees found a woman in the act of adultery, a sin, and wanted to eradicate her sin immediately, by smashing her head in with rocks. Makes sense. Wonder where the male was that she was involved with. I mean it takes two to tango right?

Back to the story:

The Teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. Now what do you say? They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down in the dirt and started to write with his finger. When they kept questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

Boom baby

    Jesus drilled the truth right into the center of their brains. If you were one of those Pharisees holding that rock tightly in your hand, anxious to throw it at this filthy woman, what would you have done? Let’s be a fly on the wall.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman standing there.

Thou shall not

    As a writer, my imagination kicks in, I can’t help it, it just happens. I envision Jesus kneeling down and writing the 10 commandments in the dirt. The Pharisees guilty of breaking some of them, got the silent message loud and clear. Drop the stones, walk away.

Not beyond forgiveness

    Jesus straightened up and asked her. “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir, she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

(This story is found in John 8:1-11)

Scripture minute: Luke 6:37 John 7:24 James 4:11-12 Romans 2:1-3 Matthew 7:1-5

Don’t judge people

because they sin differently than you

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