I have been reading the book of John lately. I finished Isaiah, so I thought it would be nice to indulge in the Old AND New Testaments this time. It's been refreshing to reacquaint myself with the stories I grew up hearing as a small girl about Jesus and his teachings.
Today I've been reading John Chapter 8 about the adulterous woman. You know the sad truth is that she was a pawn. The men who brought her to Jesus was using her to trap Christ. Of course, they failed because Jesus being God AND man knew what they were planning. I was reading the verse where he wrote in the dirt and suddenly the men who wanted to stone this woman walked away. I wonder even now, what exactly did Jesus write in the dirt?
Maybe he wrote their names and the sins that they were guilty of? Maybe he began writing the laws that they loved to use to browbeat the other Jews for years. These men had taken God's laws and twisted them into a harsh and binding law that made is very tough for men to have a relationship with Christ.
Do you find yourself falling into the trap of legalism? Do you long to be free and have more of a relationship with Christ and be free from the law? It is possible, by letting go of the law and focusing on God, we can have a real relationship with him daily. It isn't always easy and it isn't always going to be a joy - because sometimes having him lay the Spirit of conviction on your heart can hurt. However, it is through that pain that we find growth and a relationship in Christ.
I hope you all have a good weekend. If you are searching for a church, we'd love to have you come and visit us at 25th and Lombard and this weekend we are having Crossroads come and visit us. They will bless us with a concert.
Love in Christ,