I. Jesus is a progressive light
A. We must follow, not stand still (John 1:43; Matthew 4:18-19; 9:9; Luke 9:23-25; John 6:68)
B. He provided guidance in the Old Testament (Exodus 13:21)
C. He still provides guidance today (1 John 1:7; 2 John 9)
II. Jesus is a light of safety
A. Darkness represents spiritual danger (John 12:35)
B. Jesus’ light guides each step of the way (Psalm 119:105)
III. Jesus is a life-giving light
A. If you take man away from the Son’s light, man will stop growing! (John 1:4; 10:10b)
B. Jesus’ effect on spiritual health (James 1:14-15; Malachi 4:2)
IV. Jesus is a light of hope
A. Old Testament view on immortality (Hebrews 11:13; 2 Samuel 12:23; Job 14:14)
B. He has “brought life and immortality to light” (2 Timothy 1:10; Ephesians 2:12-13; 5:8-14)
Day 218/260: Read John 8
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” This statement of Jesus is often used by those who are engaged in open sin, rebelling against the authority of God and daring anyone to call them out. Look a little deeper at the incident, though, and you’ll see there is much more to it.
The woman was “caught in adultery.” The scribes and Pharisees that brought her to Jesus said that she was caught “in the very act.” I can’t help but wonder why the man was not also brought to the Lord.
The scribes and Pharisees appealed to the Law of Moses for punishment, citing the command to stone those who were guilty of the sin of adultery. Jesus refused to answer them, so they asked again, and finally He said, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
Perhaps they were bearing false witness, or had entrapped this woman. Or perhaps they came to realize that God desires repentance rather than retribution. Whatever the case, they understood that they were not without guilt themselves.
Then notice Jesus’ words to the woman. He did not pass final judgment on her, but neither did He condone her actions. He told her, “Go and sin no more.” The intention of pointing out sin should not be to embarrass or belittle another, but to bring them back to the truth so that they may “sin no more.”
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
John 8:31. Then Jesus said to those Jews who ________________ Him, “If you ________________ in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”
Pray for those who have given in to temptation, and encourage them to make their life right with the Lord.
I. Applications from life and nature
A. What is 2+2? What happens when you drink poison? When you shoot a loaded gun at someone?
B. In nature, you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8)
C. The spiritual application (Matthew 7:15-23)
II. Applications from the Old Testament
A. Eve believed a lie (Genesis 3:1-6, 16-19)
B. Jacob believed a lie (Genesis 37:28, 31-35)
C. The prophet believed a lie (1 Kings 13:11-24)
III. Applications from the New Testament
A. Saul of Tarsus (Acts 7:59-8:1; 9:1-2; 23:1)
B. Cornelius (Acts 10-11)
C. Apollos (Acts 18)
D. Our advantage (John 8:31-32)
* You will not find this word in the dictionary. If you type “deludedism” into Microsoft Word, it will get the squiggly red underline. The word was made up by the late brother Paul Hodges, and I first heard it in a lesson he presented at Lehman Avenue church of Christ in Bowling Green, Kentucky, over fifteen years ago. On July 11, 2016, brother Hodges went home to his reward, and I know the Lord’s kingdom was benefited greatly by his service over the years. He was a gifted song leader and a dedicated servant, and he was staunch in his opposition to the various false “ism’s” of the religious world, including “deludedism.” The idea behind “deludedism” is this: it doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you are honest and sincere, God will save you. What do you think? Is it a valid system of belief?