Message: “Pauseability” – Pastor Lucas Johnson
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
Jesus understood the power of the pause. In John 8, the Pharisees bring a woman caught in adultery to stand before him. They say, “‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’”The Pharisees knew Jesus reputation, and their question was a trap. If he absolved her of her sin, they’d say he contravened the law of Moses; if he condemned her, they’d accuse him of being inconsistent in his teaching of mercy and grace towards sinners.
So what does Jesus do? Instead of stepping into their trap, he bends down and begins to write in the sand at his feet. The Pharisees continue to push the issue, so Jesus stands and responds with one of the most powerful challenges in Scripture: “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” He bends down and continues to write in the sand, and one by one, the crowd slips away. Jesus stands and asks “‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ ‘No, Lord,’ she said. Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’”
By pausing, Jesus sidesteps the trap and forces the crowd into self-reflection. He in no way condones the woman’s sin, but instead teaches that forgiveness isn’t synonymous with tolerance, it’s something more demanding. Jesus condemns the act, not the actor. He condemns the sin, not the sinner. His grace is generous, abundant, lavish.
This week, practice pausing. When you’re frustrated, pause. When you’re overwhelmed, pause. When you’re discouraged, pause. When you’re afraid and uncertain, pause. When you’re reminded how good God has been to you, pause.
God speaks in the silence.
There is Power in The Pause
There is Wisdom in Reflection
· Jeremiah 17:13 – “Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust
because they have forsaken the Lord.”
Jesus Shows Grace in His Response
Jesus is not easy on sin – He is generous with his grace
· Jesus never validates sin – he gives you victory over it!
· John 3:17 – Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it.
The church should not permit sin – the church should be permeated by grace.
· God did not give us this book to stay closed and condemn people – he gave it to us to open it up and show people that there is grace and forgiveness found within!
· Jesus did not come all the way down here to bring condemnation – he came here to take it away! He took every single bit of condemnation that every man and woman rightfully deserves, and he carried it to the cross.
In 2 Corinthians Paul says, “Three times I asked God to take away this thorn in my flesh but God said my GRACE is sufficient, it’s all you need! My power is made perfect in your weakness!”