Summary: The Gospel of John is a gospel devoted to life in Christ. 36 times the greek word Zoe is used in the book. It makes it that much more sad that in Ch 8 we see pharisees brining a woman to the life and light to have her condemend. Contrasts the stoners s
Intro: The Gospel of John is a book about life. You say what? I thought is a book showing Jesus in all His glorious power as the Son of God. But what do we find the purpose of the book to be?
John 20.31 “These have been written (miracles and signs) so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.”
Not just ordinary life but abundant life John 10.10
The apostle’ primary purpose was to evangelize. His goal was the preaching of the Gospel so that others would come to know God! (Church growth strategy of the apostle’s.)
In this gospel we find the Greek word Zoë, is found 36 times in the gospel of John. Life through Christ is the focus of their evangelism.
It is life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever.
How sad it is that we see in John chapter 8 the Pharisees bringing a woman to Jesus so that he would either condemn her or Himself.
In this story we see the devils devices to destroy us as Christians and discredit Christ himself.
I. The Stoners strategy
A) To Trap Him with a technicality
1) Woman caught (displayed and humiliated)
2) Law requires stoning
a) If he does not condemn her then he disregards the Law of Moses.
b) If He does condemn then He disregards His own
teachings of mercy and grace.
How often it is that even other Christians would rather catch us in legalism instead of the liberty of Christianity.
John N Darby
“It comforts and quiets the depraved heart of man if he can only find a person worse than himself: he thinks the greater sin of another excuses himself; and while accusing and vehemently blaming another, he forgets his own evil, He thus rejoices in iniquity.”
B) To turn Him over to the authorities
1) Only the Romans had the authority to execute criminals in Jesus’ day.
2) If Jesus said stone her then they had Him. (Wasn’t about the woman’s sin it was really about their hatred for Jesus)
They were willing to sacrifice her to get to Him.
Are Christians today willing to sacrifice others?
Testing Jesus shows their lack of a real relationship with God.
II. The Redeemer’s Response (3 Stages)
A) Indifference (to their accusations not their sin)
1) Jesus stooped to the ground and with His finger wrote on the ground. 8.6
a) Pharisaical schools either used wood and wax to write or they wrote in the dirt.
b) Jesus was showing them His authority
2) What did He write?
a) Many interpretations
b) Best two I have found.
1) One Scholar: If Jesus was seated he could only write 16 Hebrew characters without moving.
Exodus 23.1 “You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.”
23.8 “Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.”
a) It is thought that the girl was probably only 12 or 12 ½ year old.