THE WAY TO THE FATHER part 6 – Our God is Holy…and Gives Grace (Jn. 8:2-11) – James Lusk
Jesus reveals that holiness and grace are carefully crafted partners in the heart of God the Father.
The Gospel of John was the last Gospel to be written, as such, it’s audience is a church in turmoil whose first generation of believers were beginning to die and a new generation of believers were beginning to rise up. He wrote to a new generation, who were not eyewitnesses, to give further detail and explanation of Jesus as the Son of God. Johns approach is rational and with through philosophical evidence to Christ Divinity. His goal was to answer the questions and objections of Jews & Greeks and bring them into a greater understanding of who Jesus is.
The Gospel of John was written somewhere around 80-95 AD during intense persecution. Christians were being kicked out of synagogues and families leaving them with no community, social contact, or means of work. Many Christians were reverting back to the law in-order to regain standing in the Jewish community. John write evangelistically urging the Church to fall more in love with Jesus.
John 8:2-11 is a narrative story set in the context of division and suspicion. There is division among the people regarding who Jesus is and there is escalating suspicion from the Pharisees in regards to Jesus’ political motivation. John 8:2-11 paints a perfect picture of who Jesus is, and what is motivation is.
Text: John 8:2-11
The story of the woman caught in adultery is applicable to the church in so many ways. Our God is a God of holiness and gives grace. The wages of sin is death. Levitical law would stone the woman. Yes Christ removed the blinders from the Pharisees and reveals their own hearts. He does not excuses the sin of the woman, but forgives her and admonishes her to sin no more.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- How can you relate this narrative both personable and relationally?
- In what ways have you seen yourself act like one of Pharisee when observing others in sin? Drawing from this passage, how should we approach those in sin?