Wednesday, October 12, 2016

set free

All of these passages say something about being set free...

John 8

1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives,2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple.

A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.

3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.

They put her in front of the crowd.

  4 "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the act of adultery.

5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?"

  6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him,

but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.

7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said,

"All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!"

8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

  9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.

10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman,

"Where are your accusers? Didn't even one of them condemn you?"

  11 "No, Lord," she said.

  And Jesus said, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."

* * * * * * * * *

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "

You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.

32 And you will know the truth,

and the truth will set you free."

* * * * * * * *

36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

* * * * * * * *

51 I tell you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching will never die!"

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In the first passage, a woman was set free from a lot of things...

The crowd of men who wanted to stone her.

The consequences of her sin of adultery. (I wonder where the man was?)

Perhaps she was set free from the stigma of her sins.

She was forgiven & told to “go & sin no more.”

In the second passage, it says that truth will be made known to us.

(something we're in short supply no matter what year it is!)

And in know what is true, we're going to find a level of freedom.

In the third passage, if we find freedom in connecting with Jesus, the level of freedom we will experience is genuine.

And in the last passage, if we believe in & follow Jesus, we will be set free from the most basic of fears – the fear of death – because Jesus promises we will never die.

Jesus has set us free from the fear of our lives ending when we die.

Please let me know which, if any, of these passages &/or what I saw in each of them maybe have spoken to something in your life.

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