“FOLLOW ME” SERIES – #7
“LIGHT-HEADED” (John 8:1-12)
FBC Earlville 10-16-11 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
Today’s “Special”: “The Long-winded Pastor” – A Pastor goes to the dentist for a set of false teeth. The first Sunday after he gets his new teeth, he talks for only eight minutes. The second Sunday, he talks for only ten minutes. The following Sunday, he talks for 2 hours and 48 minutes.
The congregation had to mob him to get him down from the pulpit and they asked him what happened.
The Pastor explains the first Sunday his gums hurt so bad he couldn’t talk for more than 8 minutes. The second Sunday his gums hurt too much to talk for more than 10 minutes. But, the third Sunday, he put his wife’s teeth in by mistake and he couldn’t shut up…
In today’s message, we continue to look at the times when Jesus said to follow Him. He used such an expression to encourage disciples to leave everything for Him; He directed blind people to exercise their faith; and through it all, we are challenged to do so, too.
Today’s familiar passage invites us to look at life through the eyes of several very unusual people. PRAYER
1. THE CROWD (v. 2)
- Where are they? They are in God’s house! (Heb. 10:25; Ps. 122:1) This was a habit, a routine, a custom. Do we have that habit, routine, custom?
- What were they doing? They were hearing God’s Word! (Rom. 10:17) IF we don’t hear God’s Word, then we won’t have FAITH!
- What did they see? They were observers – to what Jesus does. Do we look at church that way? We should! Then we will be encouraged, or we may even be challenged!
2. THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES (v. 3)
- They were the recorders (“scribes”) and interpreters (“Pharisees”) of the Word.
- They were considered the guides of religion, the authorities of Biblical application (v. 5) But what did they really teach? See Leviticus 20:10. Did they teach the WHOLE truth? No! Like cults today, they applied a verse to meet their need, rather than read the entire passage.
- Their purpose was to “test” Jesus (v.6) Didn’t the tempter do that in the wilderness? Is this a good thing? See Psalm 11:1ff The tempter “tests” (tempts) to destroy the righteous; God “tests” to purify them!
3. THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY (v. 3ff)
- Here is the main character of this lesson. She is described as “caught” – she is probably publicly shamed as naked. And so often are we – Heb. 4:13
- And she is the object of grace. Note:
- the writing of grace (vs. 6,8).
- the digression of grace (v. 9).
- the living of grace (v. 10, 11)
Which character are you?
Illus.: “A Memory Funny” – The boy forgot his lines in the Sunday School music and drama presentation. His mother, sitting in the front row tried to prompt him, gesturing and forming the words silently with her lips, but it didn’t help. Her son’s memory was blank.
Finally she leaned forward and whispered the cue, “I am the light of the world.”
The child beamed with acknowledgment and in a loud, clear voice so that everyone in the congregation could hear said, “My Mommy is the light of the world.”
V. 12 tells us that “no one who follows Me (Jesus) stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.” (Message)
God hungers for LIGHT HEADED followers – those who are headed in the light of Christ alone. Are you?
CLOSE IN PRAYER