Agape Love.  Something most Christians don’t understand, and Non-Christians can’t see.  A Love so powerful that the thought of it can bring even Satan to his knees.  It’s like a light that is so bright, no one can look upon it, not even the angels.  It is a force so strong that nothing can control it.  Nothing can stop it.  A love that lasts for eternity.  There is nothing in all of creation that is greater than Agape Love.  What is Agape Love?

The word Agape is the original greek word for the strongest form of love.  This type of love is found in the popular verse in John.  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

God loves us so much that He was willing to give up everything for us.  To lay His life down for us.  To be chastised, mocked, beaten, tortured, and nailed to a cross all for the sake of love.  As seen in a previous blog “I Thirst“, we see that God longs for a relationship with mankind.  Like a groom in search for His bride, or a Father looking for His child.  He thirsts for a relationship with us.  And while we reject Him, He pursued us.  And when we couldn’t reach Him, He came to us.

Through out the Old and New Testaments we see how God continues to pursue mankind. Examples:

  • When Adam fell, he hid himself from God.  Knowing God is omniscient, and knew where Adam was at, He still pursued after Adam and asked him, “Where are you?”
  • When Moses had led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they were shrouded in darkness and God could not reside with them..  But God wanted to be with them so desperately  despite their sin, that He asks Moses to build Him a Holy Sanctuary just so He can be with them.
  • Isaiah prophesied  “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Which being interpreted, God With Us.
  • Jesus said before His ascension that He would return for His people.
  • And finally John 3:16 tells us that He loved us so much He came to lay down His life for us.

Just like Adam, we choose this world over our God, but yet He still fights for us.  We cheated on Him.  Though we should be married to Him, we had an affair with the world and our sins.  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

And though God is still the Righteous Judge, He always loves us unconditionally. And nothing we do will discontinue His love for us.  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

God is willing to do anything and to give everything.  He loves us so much that He is the very definition of Love.  “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” 1 John 4:8

And when we commune ourselves with Him, then we can have our eyes opened to that Agape Love.  And we will be called Children of God.  And when we encounter this Agape Love, we will never be the same.

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”  1 John 3:1-2

But remember the statement I said in the beginning?  Most Christians don’t understand it, and Non-Christians can’t see it?  1 John 3:6  says “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”  And if God is love, then those that remain in sin, can not see Agape, neither do they know it.

And Most Christians don’t understand it, because they forget, that just calling yourself a Christian and loving God is not enough.  “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not [his] brother abideth in death.  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”  1 John 3 10,14-15

But that, is for Agape (Part 2)…


True Love

What is true love?  Some say that true love can happen at the first sight, or first kiss.  True love is unconditional.  True love is defined today inside a simple movie saga.  Here is the summary.

Children, Teenagers, and Adults alike, sit in amazement at the love story of a mortal choosing between a vampire and a werewolf.  So dark yet intimate.  So eerie but sweet.  So evil, but fulfilling.  They watch in awe as the romance in the vampires voice tells his mortal girlfriend I want to be with you but i will not destroy your soul.  They watch in amazement how the mortal chooses the dead over the living creature.  They watch with gleaming eyes as the vampire and the mortal fall in love, get married, have an un-dead baby and kill the mortal only to turn her into a vampire giving her an eternal damnation for her soul.  They watch to see “true” love conquer all.

The world decides it is better to lose their soul for the lust of their hearts.  The world decides it is better for the darkness to abide while fleeing from the light.  The world decides it is better to let a man take your blood, then give his own to save you.  They would rather believe that true love is allowing a man to damn your soul, then giving it eternal life.   This is how America today views true love.

But this is the work of Satan.  

The movie?  Maybe but I am not talking about the movie.  I am talking about the perversion in true love today.  The belief that true love is not about giving life but taking it.  Sure the mortal gave her life up to be with the vampire.  But she also gave her soul.

This is not true love, only true lust.

But what is true love?  1 John 4:8 says God is love.  In every definition of God you will see Love.  And if you want to see true love, just read HIS word.  Here is the summary.

While man yet cheated on God and turned their back on Him, God still wanted to pursue man.  Though God could not be near sin and death, He gave up his throne to wrap Himself in flesh just so He could be with us.   And He walked this evil world just to shine a light so that we could see the true definition of true love and to save our lives.  And man still chose evil over God so He did what had to be done.  The only way to save their lives and show them true love was to give up His life for them.  Thus true love conquered all.

Now as man is scattered all over the earth, some have realized it is better to surrender their life for God, instead of giving up their soul for the world.  These people realized it is better to shine as lights then live in complete darkness.  These people realized that God shed his blood so no one else ever has to.  They have seen true love and inherited eternal life and watched the rest damn their own souls by rejecting God.  This America, is True Love.

You see the difference?  Continue to look for your vampire and he will eventually drain the life from you.  And your love/lust will only live as long as your flesh does.  But God said if we come to Him, that His love endures forever.  Even after our flesh is gone.

True love is not about “what can this person do for me?”.  Such as,


  • Does he make me laugh?
  • Is she beautiful?
  • Does he care for me?
  • Can she fulfill my needs?
  • Can he provide for me?

True love is about “What can i do for this person?” Such as,

  • How can I show him I care?
  • Can I provide for her?
  • I want to fulfill his needs.
  • I want her to laugh.
  • I will give my life to them and for them.

True love can be found in God and in His Word.

1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

This is True Love.

2012 And Counting

The year 2012.  People always see a new year as a fresh start.  A clean slate.  Though really its just another year isn’t it?  Our troubles of 2011 are still lingering with us, the debt we owe from 2011 still haunts us.  But somehow we expect January 1st to magically make all that disappear.  We expect midnight to fall and everything will be happy again.  But it doesn’t work that way does it?  The year 2012 is the same as any other year.  There will be progress, new inventions, new songs and movies and tv shows.  But it has the same holidays, same amount of days in a year, you still have to work, and get sick.  It’s possible someone close to you will even pass away this year.  The clock ticks and tocks the same exact way, and the numbers never change.  The sun still rises in the east and still sets in the west.  The poverty in third world countries will continue, and those living with little income, still have to live paycheck to paycheck.  Because after January ends, people forget that its a new year, and just see it as another year they have to survive.

So in reality when you look at the new year approaching, and you actually look past the 1st of January, does the new year look better to you?  Or does it look the same as last year, just with new materialistic things of this world.  In humanities eyes, 2012 is just another year that they have to live through.  And it seems like despite the rumors, they will continue on, living the way they always have, with one resolution at a time.

So what is the point in even celebrating new years?  Because you have another year of life that you must fight to survive in?  We can climb the ladder of success but we will still struggle.  But the new years celebration was not intended to be celebrated with sadness or in vanity with alcohol and noise makers and passionate kisses.  But with the thankfulness of God’s love.  Because from the beginning of the very first year, God loved us.  He created us, formed us, and made us.

Have you ever wondered why you are here?  Why God created you?  Was it to satisfy a hidden need in Him?  Was it because God was bored just hanging around forever in empty space doing nothing.  Maybe it was because He was just curious and wanted to know what would happen if He made a bunch of people and put them on a planet in the middle of nowhere.  The Bible doesn’t specifically say why God made us, but it does say that he created us.

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:1

But why are we even here?  Simple answer.  Because God loves us.  In the book of Genesis we see that God walked with Adam and Eve.  And that even after they sinned and turned their back on God,  God came looking for them.  He called for them and longed for them.  Even after they deliberately disobeyed Him, God still shed blood to make atonement for their sins when He made garments of skin as clothes for them.  Because God loved us.  And nearly 2000 years later, God calls Moses to make a tabernacle so that God can be with His people.  He continues to search for His people.  Even in the new testament He continues to search out His people nearly 4000 years after the fall of man.

“In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God… and the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1, 14

And even today He longs to be with His people.  Though the bible says the wages of sin is death and death is what we deserve as sinners, God took that death from us, so He can be with us, because He Loves Us!

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love… He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgression from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Ps 103:8,10-14 (NIV) 

He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. 1 John 4:8

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

We should celebrate new years not because the past is behind us, or that our future is better, but that God is still calling for His people.  He is still searching for His bride, He is waiting for us, knocking at our door.  We should celebrate new years with thankfulness that God is still looking!  Look at what the word says here,

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son; that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

So what should 2012 be all about?  Let our Resolution/Revelation to come out of the bushes we are hiding in and let God find us.  To allow God to be with us.  To open our hearts door and let Him in.  Celebrate the New Years, by Celebrating God’s Love!

Happy 2012 New Years!!!

The True Meaning.

Pagan Holiday?

Christmas.  The season of joy, love, family, and giving.  Considered the happiest season of all.  Some places wish others well on this season by saying Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas, and then those who just say Happy Holidays.  We see Christmas lights and evergreen trees decked with silver and gold, and other bright colors.  We smile when we hear people singing and caroling.  A time where families come home to spend time with loved ones.  Mistletoe is hung and the Christmas classics such as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer brings joy to the children.  A jolly old man in a big red suit is sitting in the mall asking children what they would like for Christmas.  Snowmen and Snow Angels are made outside and stockings are hung above the chimney where the yule log is placed.  And children are outside playing with their new toys and mothers admiring their new jewelry and fathers practicing with their new tool set.  Gifts are given, being wrapped in beautiful wrapping paper and a ribbon or bow on top.  Everyone is merry and having themselves a great time.

Yes this is Christmas.  And there is nothing else that defines that celebration.  But for Christians, we chose to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on that day.   However, almost everyone agrees that Jesus was not likely born on that day, so without the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, what is Christmas?  Just another pagan Holiday.  The bible never talks about Christmas, or trees and lights and mistletoe.  It talks about the birth of Jesus, but not about Christmas.  Mary and Joseph did not have the manger decorated with lights and ornaments.  Someone had taken the December 25’s Pagan’s celeration, united it with the birth of Christ to convert pagans to Christianity while allowing them to celebrate their own traditions, this including; the tree, mistletoe, yule logs, gift exchange and etc, and called it Christmas.

So what is Christmas all about?  After looking at the origins of the Pagan Holiday, we look at the name of Christmas.   The word Christmas means “Christ” “Mass”.  And “mass” meaning ‘death by sacrifice’.  So really we celebrate the first act of God’s love and plan performed in the new testament.  We celebrate God sending His son as a sacrifice.  Just like we celebrate Easter by honoring His death (Good Friday) and Resurrection (Easter Sunday).  Christmas is all about celebrating the Birth of our Savior who was born to be a sacrifice for our sins.  And we celebrate it using the pagan’s traditions with all that we know of as Christmas.  Does that mean it is a sin to use the Pagan’s celebrations?  No.  Christians took something of a sinful nature and used it as a way to preach the gospel, convert sinners, and worship our Lord all at the same time.  And is that not what God done to us?  To a lowly sinner and used it to do His will.  He transformed us just as we did a Pagan Holiday.

But people today only look forward to the celebration and not the reason for it.  We look forward to the happiness people feel and the music and the lights.  We look forward to lights and decorating the tree.  We look forward to giving and bringing smiles and definitely receiving gifts.  But we never stop and think about the gift Jesus gave us.  Because had it not been for that Pagan Holiday, Christ’s birthday would have been another holiday forgotten.  Imagine for a minute that we decided to celebrate it on July 22.  There would be no Christmas tree or mistletoe or lights.  Just another day like George Washington’s birthday.

The scripture people read on Christmas day, is the story of Christ’s birth in Luke chapter 2.  As Linus goes to the middle of the stage holding his blanket he quotes the Christmas Story and says “Thats what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”  Though that be true, we forget that its not just about the birth of Jesus.  It is much deeper than that.  It is the reason Christ was born.  His whole purpose to be born was to die.  His reason for being was to be nailed to a cross.  When that babe in a manger was born, He was born under the shadow of the cross.  We can read Luke 2 all we want, but that doesn’t tell us what Christmas is all about.  Yeah Jesus was born, but why?  Lets look.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  Matthew 1:23

That is what Christmas is all about.  We celebrate the birth of Christ not because He was born.  But why He was born.  We celebrate Christmas because that was the day that our Savior came to save us!  It was the day when God came to us.  For years we searched for God and couldn’t reach Him.  For ages God wanted His people to be with Him, but instead God came to us!  He came to us to save us so we can forever be in His arms.  We celebrate Christ’s birth using the traditions of the Pagans, because He was lifted up.

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:28

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  Matthew 26:28

Jesus quoted Isaiah 53:12 when he said: “It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” Jesus, although without sin, was to be counted among sinners. Notice what else is written in Isaiah 53:

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

For the transgression of my people he was stricken…. Though he had done no violence … it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer … the Lord makes his life a guilt offering…. He will bear their iniquities…. He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah describes someone who suffers not for his own sins, but for the sins of others. Let us Celebrate Christmas not just for the birth of Christ, but why He was born.  Because that is the true meaning of Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Surviving The Lions Den

Ever find yourself going through a tribulation, that no matter what you do or how hard you pray, it feels like God just don’t hear you?  Ever find yourself in a place where all you see, are problems and burdens, that are waiting to devour you and you just can’t help but wonder where is God?  Or do you ever find yourself struggling on a daily basis, and your so tired to stand on your own and you ask God, why won’t you help?  It’s almost like being in a dark, damp, den filled with hungry lions that are drooling at the smell of our misery and fear.

Most of the time we forget that God is with us and that He has a plan for us.  Even when we can’t see what it is yet.  And when the world casts us into a den of hungry lions, where we see the King of the Jungle waiting to consume us, we forget who the King of Kings is.  But still, how do we survive The Lions Den, when all we see is darkness, and our problems.

It’s obvious where our story comes from.  Daniel was a righteous man in Gods eyes.  And in chapter 6 we see that he was a man of prayer.  But yet somehow, he was still managed to be thrown in the Lions Den.  Why would God allow such a thing?  That question will be answered later.  But as we look at Daniel’s story the first thing we automatically assume, is that it was Daniels prayers and faith that saved him.  But sometimes that still isn’t enough.  Anyone can have faith that God will save them, but faith alone will not cut it.  Anyone can pray for God to save them, but like faith, prayers alone will not work.

How DID Daniel survive the lions den?  His story is found in Daniel 6:1-28

  1. Obviously Faith and Prayer did have a part in it.  You see Daniel loved God and prayed with Him daily.  It gave that personal connection with God.  Something that Christians lack today.  A direct communication with the Almighty.  Even while Daniel suffered a good bit, He didn’t give up on God, he still prayed.
  2. In Daniel 6:20 it says “And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?”  This tells us that Daniel didn’t just pray, but he served God continually.  So many Christians think that we can do anything we want to on this earth and still think God will protect us from harm.  But we must serve God in all that we do to survive this lions den.  This includes: Prayer, Bible reading, ministry work, worship Him in spirit and truth, share the gospel, obey His commandments, etc.  And not just on Sunday or twice a week but continually!
  3. Daniel 6:22 says “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.”  Take a look at the bold in that verse.  God found Daniel innocent.  Not of the law that the king made, but of God’s law.  God looked at Daniel and found innocence.  Daniel was without sin, and was a righteous man of God.  This tells us that Daniel was sanctified.  To make our petitions known before the Omnipotent God, we have to wash our sins off of our lives, get rid of the filth that we keep locked up inside of us and be sanctified.  God wants us to be pure and holy.
  4. The latter part of that verse says “And also before thee, O King, have i done no hurt.”  Sometimes the people in our lives are the source of our problems.  But instead of retaliation, show them love and longsuffering.  Because the bible tells us in Matthew 25:40 “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”  So let us make sure that we don’t have quarrel with our neighbors before wondering where God is.
  5. The last thing, is found in verse 23.  “Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of harm was found upon him, because he believed in his God.  Ok, let us get the record straight.  This is not the same as having faith that God will deliver you.  Daniel Believed in God.  He knew who God was, and he knew God loved him.  He knew God would not allow him harm because he was innocent.  He didn’t doubt for a second God didn’t hear his prayers.  He didn’t doubt for a minute that God hadn’t left his side.  He knew God was all powerful, He knew, God was with him, even in the darkest place of his life.  But not only that, the bible says he believed in his God.  It was a personal and intimate relationship between a man and his God.  And that is the very thing that Christians forget.  We remember the story of Daniel, how he prayed his way through the lions den and when we apply it to our lives today, we forget to believe in our God.  Our Savior, our Friend, our Father, our Fortress, our Refuge.  You could almost say that believing in God is knowing who He is intimately.

It is when we Pray, have faith, serve God and others, be found innocent and believe in God while having a relationship with him, that we are saved from the Dark days of our lives.  That we are saved from The Lions Den.

Psalms 23:4  “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me…”  

Daniel 6:27    “He delivereth and rescueth, and He worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Arrows in a Quiver

  • Time to touch up on a very picky subject.  Sinners and Christians alike for some reason think that having children is a blessing until you have over 2 or 3.  Then they are a burden.  Some believe that having just 1 can be a burden.  But they are all wrong.  No where in the bible does it say anything bad about children.  As a matter of fact, the bible tells you to have children.  Take a few close looks at the scripture.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.   As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.  Psalms 127 : 3-5”  

Interesting.  Children aren’t a burden.

  • They are a heritage of the Lord.  This does not say heritage of you.  It is a heritage of God, which means You didn’t make that baby for yourself.  GOD wanted you to be blessed with that baby.  God gave you a heritage.  You inherited this baby that God has given you.  Its not a burden, its a privilege.
  • They are the fruit of the womb.  What is fruit?  Something sweet.  Something that is pleasureful.  A luxury even.  A life given substance.  God called them fruit because their not just some parasite.  They are something of far more worth.
  • They are a reward.  Self-explanatory.  I shouldn’t have to say any more.  But if that was the case there would be no need for this post.  They are a reward.  I want you to remember that next time you are at home and you have bad thoughts about your own children or other peoples children.

These 3 things describe children as God sees them.  But instead of accepting God’s gift and blessings in the form of a small baby, we give them away or worse, we kill them.

  Hosea 9:11 says “As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly way like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.”  and vs 14 says “Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.”  

There are a few things to point out here…

  1. That children are such a wonderful blessing that God actually closed the womb, as punishment.
  2. This proves that God controls conception and birth.
  3. Most importantly God refers to the conception of children as Glory.

And in Luke 1:36 we see that a woman who was barren and in her “old age”, that God opened her womb to conceive and give birth.  And with Mary who had never been with a man, God planted HIS seed inside of her, so that she conceived and gave birth.

In Gensis 4:1 the bible says “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.”  Interesting how we see that it took three things to create the child.  It took the seed that God created to fertilize an egg that God also created, and likewise it took God to guide the process.

Psalms 139:13-14 the bible says “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise thee: for I am fearfully wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Another translation says “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
      and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
      Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”

It is plain to see here that it is God who controls the conception, the growing child, and the birth.

And if you search through the gospels of God’s word you will see that Jesus tells us time and time again that those that curse children will be punished.  And those that bless children will be blessed.

I will conclude on this thought, if you believe that everything has a purpose, that everybody has a purpose, then why do you try to hit the abort button on God’s plan for your children?  Wether it is by birth control, by getting a vasectomy, or getting your tubes tied, or worse, planning the abortion, you are destroying not only human life which is against God’s law, “Thou shalt not kill.” but also rejecting the Lords blessing on your life.  Someone once asked why hasn’t there been a cure for Cancer, or Aids, or World hunger?  And someone answered, because you continue to abort them.

The main excuse I hear today is, “Don’t bring a child in this world with the way it is today.”  So let me ask you a question?  If in March of 1918 someone went up to a woman and said “The world is going to go to chaos.  Crime rates will rise, wars will break loose, there will be a great depression, and a terrorist attack that kills many.  There will be earthquakes and tsunamis and hurricanes will greatly increase in severity.  The economy will plunder and jobs will be scarce.  People will live in poverty from not getting enough income and drug use and alcoholism will be everywhere and homosexuality will not only increase but be the “cool thing to do.  You should kill that baby so it won’t have to live through it, or not have any children for that reason, then that woman would have killed Billy Graham.”  Even if you feel like you never amounted to nothing, it doesn’t mean that your child can’t grow up to be the next deliverer of God’s Children.

 Who are we to play God in decided which life should live?  And how dare we try to Abort God’s plan.

The Adulterous Woman

One of my favorite stories of forgiveness.  A story that is so powerful but  mostly overlooked.  A story of God’s TRUE nature in grace and mercy.

John 8:1-11 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.  And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  

Now must of you who have not heard this story, I hope the teaching goes without saying.  But for those of you who are curious why this is such an important story, or why this story shows God’s face through the words, then pay attention.  As I walk you through the story through the eyes of the woman, the Savior, and the accusers.

When Jesus went to the mount of Olives, He knew something was going to happen.  So He came early in the morning to the temple.  And He taught some people.

But then the scribes and pharisees, the Holy and Righteous guys of the church, found some filthy unclean whore of a woman.  Who they caught dead in the act of sleeping with another man.  When they seen this they immediately readied the capitol punishment that the law of Moses commanded them to do.  But they thought, “Why not take out two birds with one stone?  Literally.  Let us trick this Jesus into saying something blasphemous about her so we can stone the both of them”   So they brought this woman who was officially unclean, meaning now she could have no social life, or any other kind of life, to the blasphemous man who claims to be God’s son.  They probably gave her trouble by jerking her around by her hair, and shoving her on the ground.  Causing the dirt to fly in her mouth and tasting the last piece of life she has left.

Here is this woman, knowing she has been caught.  And now the punishment is death so brutal, they call it Murder with specified aggravating circumstance. It is torture before death.  Where the person is literally beat to death by large stones being thrown at her.  And now as she is thrown on the ground like some filthy dog, she weeps.  Because now she feels the conviction.  But its to late.  Even if she survives this brutal beating, she will never see her friends or family again.  She sinned against God and now the “God Squad” is out to get her.  But nonetheless she is scared.   For her life.  But if she could just have one more day to make things right.  But its to late.  If she could just explain herself or tell her family she loves them.  But its to late.  And as she hears those Priests of the church say that it was up to Jesus, imagine how she felt.  She would do anything for this man if He would just let her go.  But if he was one of them, He would tell them to stone her and pick up a rock himself.

The scribes and pharisees now have this man where they want him.  In the middle of the temple surrounded by witnesses.  Now they can trick him and make him slip up in his words.  THEN they can get rid of him once and for all.  They ask in mockery, “Master, we caught this woman and the law that God gave Moses says we should kill her with stones, but what do YOU think we should do?”  Imagine ego that just grew inside the pharisees.  The hatred for this man.  He is in THEIR territory now.  There is no escape.  They will do what God’s law said.

As the Almighty Savior is teaching in the temple, He has this woman thrown in front of him.  Who is crying, and pleading for her life.  He hears the Pharisees words and listens to their hearts.  He knows they plot against him.  So He just kneels down and starts drawing in the sand like He can’t even hear them.   He ignored them.  But for some reason they kept pestering Him and asking Him and wouldn’t leave Him alone.

At this time the woman listens to the pharisees accuse and watch this man ignore them.  Why won’t He help?  Why won’t he say anything?  Seconds felt like hours…yet He refused to say anything.

The Savior now getting a little agitated continued to write in the sand and said “If there are any of you without sin let him cast the first stone.”

The pharisees were so excited because they thought they had him.  He wouldn’t answer, they moved their bishop to the proper place to put the king in checkmate.  Gameover.  But then He opens his mouth and says something that made them think.  Only the people who had no sin could cast a stone.  Where did this come from?  What could they say to that?  They can’t throw a stone knowing they would be lying to everyone else and themselves.   The fact that the tabernacle still stood shows us that even the pharisees, the most righteous people had sin in their hearts.  But this statement wasn’t about that.  This was the first time Jesus put conviction in the hearts of the Pharisees.  And it was such a feeling, having to look inside yourself, and realize that standing before God in the flesh, daring you to tell Him that you have no sin in your life.  Even the great prophet Isaiah fell on his face before the Almighty God and said “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the middle of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts”.  Imagine for a moment the feeling of the pharisees.  They literally felt such a pain for their own soul that there was no way they could take the life of another.

The woman who is trembling for her life, hears the first rock fall to the ground.  The sound probably scared her.  She begins to cry as more and more stones are dropped.  And stands to see that everyone had left.   And her Savior stands and looks around and asks, “Where are your accusers now?  Has any man thrown a rock at you?”  And with a trembling voice, she replies “No my Lord.”  And as a Father who forgives his child, He said “then neither do I condemn thee.”  This was the same GOD who told Moses to write the law for the woman to be stoned. Deut 22:22: “If a man is discovered committing adultery, both he and the woman must die. In this way, you will purge Israel of such evil.” But now Grace had come and ran to aid the woman.  Mercy had to abound.  And now God says, You are forgiven.  And the kicker, she never asked for forgiveness.  This was the one time God showed TRUE mercy.  The one time God showed his unconditional love not just toward Christians but Sinners too.

Now to apply this story for us today.

The woman is the sinner.  But that sinner can sometimes be  a member of your church could be that woman.  Or a thug on the streets.  Or the girl who wears skimpy clothes and attracts all the guys.  Maybe is the homeless drunk on the side of the interstate.  Maybe a co-worker, a friend, or even a family member.  And it seems like most Churchs is the pharisees today.

But oh how the Pharisees are so much better then this generation of Christians.  The people of the church today would throw them stones in a heart beat.  Thinking they are more holy then that filthy sinner.  Though they preach sinners must be saved, but in reality when a sinner approaches, or is cast down in front of them, the first thing they do is pick up a stone and launch it at their prey.  Why is this?  Because they are without hope?  Because they could plant bad seed into the hearts of the Christians?  Because their different?  Or just because your self righteous attitude says that you are better then they?  Lets answer these questions.  Though you actually may be holier then they, Jesus didn’t die just for you.  He died for that adulterous woman too.

Maybe YOU are that sinner that has been cast down by others.  Cast out, or even just a free living sinner.  God wants you to know there is punishment of sins.  No it may not be getting stoned, but something far worse.  An eternity in Hell.  But Jesus sees you where you are.  And He hears your cries and the cries of your accuser, Satan.  But He is willing to ignore all of that mess if only you will to submit to Him.  He loves you so much He was willing to be cruicified for you.  And He wants you to love Him in return.

Jesus is crying out to you and ignoring your sins.  Regardless of what they are.  Stand up and see that your accusers are gone.  And run into the arms of your Savior.  And remember the last words He spoke to her, “Go and sin no more.”

John 3:16-17: For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Psalms 103:24 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.