Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christ Didn't Come To Condemn You...

And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

John 8:11 

Some of the sweetest words we can ever hear from the mouth of Jesus is that our sins are forgiven… This cleansing of our mistakes, past failures and missteps affords us a golden opportunity to be reconciled with our creator… Understand today that even though you have messed up along the way, the things of the past do not have to limit your future of tomorrow… This passage taken from the gospel of John deals with a woman whom was caught committing adultery and brought to Jesus for judgment; in reviewing this passage it brings joy to my heart to know that God doesn't pass judgment on us because of our mistakes, but rather will give us another chance due to His grace and mercy…  The men of the temple were ready to write this woman off, they were ready to stone her to death and end her very life; there are people in your life that have written you off, people that have passed judgment on you and feel that you are of no use, the message for you today is to know that God can still use you… Jesus has the final say and will make your latter better than your former if you do what He commands this woman to do which is go, and sin no more… Knowing the command that Jesus gave lets me know that we are actually in control of the destinies of our lives… We have the power to walk in the authority of God if we choose to adhere to His command and be about His business… The same command go is the same command we find in the great commission; we are called to witness, we are called to bring others to Christ and the only way we can do that is to overcome yesterday… You have to stop letting people place limits on your life, you have to stop trying to conceal your mistakes and go before the Lord knowing that He can wipe your slate clean and give you a second chance… The word of God tells us in the 3rd chapter of John that Jesus did not come to condemn us but to save us; it is in that aforementioned chapter that you will find these words recorded, For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. Jesus came to save and this is the very reason why the woman was able to keep her life; know that God has not written you off as Jesus came so that you could actually become everything that God created you to be…

It is imperative that we understand that we have a purpose upon this earth which no man can every fathom… We all were designed with a unique purpose and because of this we must be careful that we don’t allow our thoughts and minds to be impacted by words from peers which don’t’ know the plan and purpose of God for us… You are on this earth for a reason and even though you may not know what that reason is, you can stand in faith knowing that there is a reason and in Christ it will be revealed… There is a reason why Jesus didn’t condemn the woman, there is a reason why God hasn’t wiped you off the face of the earth and there is a reason why He continues to forgive you and allow you a second, third and fourth chance… John reminds us today that Jesus came to save that which was lost and be a light in the midst of darkness! The eighth chapter of John deals with a lady that was accused of sexual impurity and was sentenced to be stoned! As the crowd gathered to stone her, Jesus spoke up and said, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone!” Jesus demonstrates the love that kept him nailed to the cross and the forgiveness that was made possible through his death! We all must realize that we have fallen short, we have made mistakes and we have been sinners since birth… It is by that acknowledgement that we can understand that grace and mercy that Jesus wants to bestow on us just as he bestowed on this woman… There will be a lot of people on this earth who will judge you, they will tell you that you should do this or shouldn’t be doing that; the reality of it is that you must make sure that you are living a life that is pleasing to God, because that is who you answer too! Jesus said in the eleventh first that I do not condemn you, go and sin no more! The bible records that Jesus came not to condemn but to save, not to abolish the law but to fulfill it! He came to give us a avenue to salvation and the possibility of eternal life… I use the word possibility because the choice is yours as to whether you receive it or not. We to have not been condemned for our wrong doing, but we must go and sin no more; we must turn from our sin, we must repent, we must change and be transformed in and through Christ! 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land!”

Jesus is waiting to heal you, but must importantly he is waiting for you to turn and seek him!


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