John Chapter 8: Sharing Thoughts

Tim - What I find  interesting from the story of the woman caught in adultery is what is missing

1. Harsh accusations towards the woman who is guilty.  He gives mercy and grace.

2. Harsh accusations towards the accusers.  He let's them convict themselves.

3. A sermon on sexual sin.  She already knew.  Jesus gave her what she needed. 

It is so easy to throw stones, especially verbal ones.  We are quick to pass judgment.  I pray for more compassion like Jesus. 

Bonnie - In John 8:24, "I told you that you would die in your sins, if you do not believe that I am he ----- 8:24 Notes :  Jesus echoes God's greatest affirmation about himself and in doing so claimed to be God and risked being stoned. ----- Ex 3:14  - God said to Moses I AM WHO I AM.  Told Moses this is what you are to say to the Israelites, I Am has sent me to you

Interesting - Moses' law in reference Witnesses.
When a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime and the Judges after a thorough investigation , finds the witness to be a liar.  Per Moses' law, you must purge the evil from amount you.  The rest of the people will hear and be afraid to give false witness. Deut 19:16-19

Tom - The more Jesus discussed who he was and his purpose, the more the Pharisees would look and not see; listen and not hear. The Pharisees were so blinded by their beliefs and rules, they could neither see, hear nor understand.

Melissa - In verse 45 Jesus says “because I tell you the truth you do not believe me.” Doesn’t it sound like Jesus is speaking straight to our society today where people are so quick to dismiss the truth because it isn’t what they want to hear? People say the Bible is old and irrelevant but the more I read the more I see just how applicable it is to us and our world. 

Joshua - I am confused by the crowd's response in verse 33. How did they think that being descendants of Abraham meant that they had never been slaves to anyone? They were constantly being enslaved and scattered since Abraham's time. Even in the present time, Rome had occupied them and ruled over them. But if they could not even accept their physical slavery, how much more difficult for Jesus to teach them about their spiritual slavery.

Penny - Not much has changed in our time. We are so quick to believe half-truths that are written on the internet or Facebook that hurt our fellow man and friends.. We judge on human standards when Jesus has led the perfect life and is the light. I want to be of the Father!

Rodney - The story of the adulteress sets my mind to thinking what a Great God we have.  It shows me that even a sinner like me can be loved by God.  Sometimes we tend to judge other people, however, we are just as guilty of sin as they are.   Our God is a loving God.

Renee - John 8:19 Jesus says, “If you knew me, you would also know my Father”.  We should do everything in our power to know Jesus better... look for Him and The Father throughout our daily lives.