He Sees Those Who Don’t Seek Him
Read John 8:1-11
John 8:3-5 (KJV) vs 3 “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
Vs 10 “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman…”
This woman was not the first, nor would she be the last, that had personal sin exposed. She was guilty. We don’t know that she ever considered knowing Jesus or if she had ever heard of Him. Certainly she was not seeking Him. God still sees those who don’t even know they need Him and He sees the ones that are not seeking Him. He loves us so much that even in the midst of our sin He died for us. His desire to draw us to Himself is so clear in that He saw no one but her. God, the Creator of the universe, can focus on just you. Can you think of other individuals in scripture that Jesus saw even when they weren’t looking for Him?
Question – 8:10 “… he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn thee’…”
Don’t you know she was astounded that this man that stood between her and her accusers had the ability to dispel this vicious crowd with His words? He revealed to her then and reminds us still, that He has authority over those that would accuse us. His word tells us that He did not come into this world to condemn us, but to save us – rescue us. God’s words are truth. Our accuser has been defeated and God made a way to redeem us and not condemn us.
Restorative Command – 8:11 “… go, and sin no more.”
Repentance without obedience leaves us absent of restoration. Brokenness is not the end of the story in our restoration and healing. We must not only fall on our face before the God who sees us, and confess our guilt, but we must “go, and sin no more.” Do you wonder if she changed? Can you encounter Jesus like she did and not change? God’s sovereign authority over our sin brings forgiveness and a transformed heart. Have you had this encounter with Jesus?
“Thank you God for seeing me when I a guilty and broken. I praise you for standing in the gap for all of us against the evil accuser that seeks to destroy us. Your promise to complete the work in us that you started gives us hope and encouragement in these challenging days. Please, help us have the courage to see others who are broken and wounded and guilty, so that we may share with them the good news of your salvation and your unconditional love. Amen”
I hope this series has ministered to your heart. Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing more with you about what God is teaching me.