DIG for Friday the 28th of July…..the religious people do not like His grace…..John 8 v 58 and 59

In the Word we see Jesus encountering lots of different individuals and groups, and we see lots of ways that people react to Him.

We see the Samaritan woman at the well becoming an amazing evangelist after recognising Jesus as Lord (John 4 v 39).

We see the Gadarene demoniac set free and delivered (Mark 5 v 1 to 15).

We see the woman taken in adultery freed from her captors, receiving love and compassion.

We see time and time again people set free and recognising Jesus as Lord.

But we also see the religious Jesus who cannot and will not accept that Jesus is the Lord, that He is the Christ.

They cannot accept the grace and truth that Jesus declares!

We see the religious Jews wanting to kill Him, want to stone Him (John 8 v 59).

We see the perversity of religion when we see the religious Jesus even got upset with Jesus for raising a man from the dead (John 11 v 46 and 47)

Religion is perverse; Jesus is grace and truth.

Grace still upsets the religious people today, those of us speaking out about unconditional forgiveness and about being made righteous know all about that.

Grace has nothing to do with our performance or actions; religion is all about what you do.

I thank the Lord that I live under grace and not law; I thank the Lord that He looks to the performance of Jesus and not at mine.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus I live under grace and not law”.

John 8 v 58 and 59…..Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus went out of the temple, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by

DIG for Thursday the 27th of July…..Jesus is the perfect example of grace; He is grace…..John 1 v 17

Having written about the account of the ‘woman taken in adultery’ many times I was tempted not to write about it again today.

However it is such a wonderful encounter that I could not help myself!

This is an account highlighting the difference between law and grace.

The law was demanding, punishing when you got it wrong; that was why the men wanted to stone her (John 8 v 4).

However Jesus was grace (John 1 v 17) and he related to this poor woman with grace.

He did not relate to her with regards to her sin, He related to her as a person.

He did not condemn her, as the law would do, He showed her love and compassion and provided her with forgiveness (John 8 v 11).

Yes, He told her to sin no more, but this was after he showed her compassion and said He did not condemn her.

Throughout the Gospels the only people I see Jesus ‘giving a hard time’ were the religious bigots and zealots who hated Him and hated His grace.

Jesus loved and had compassion for the sinners, the condemned, the sick and the poor.

And He came to ‘solve’ the problem of sin for these people, and for all of us!

Jesus is grace and truth, and He relates to us today in grace and truth.

We now live under grace because Jesus came and performed His perfect and finished work.

That is good news!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus we now live under grace and not under law”.

John 1 v 17…..For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ