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Jesus Saved Us

Posted on: 6 Apr 2012

“Who would dare to accuse us, whom God has chosen? The judge himself has declared us free from sin. Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us!” (Romans 8:33, 34, Philipps).

Tears came to my eyes when I read these scriptures. Jesus was in a position to condemn us but He died for us instead. John 3:17 states: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Jesus came to save. An example of this is when the woman caught in adultery was brought to Him. Her accusers wanted to stone her to death according to the moral law. Jesus said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” (John 8:7). Of course, when the woman’s accusers heard this, their consciences bothered them to the point where they dropped the stones and walked away, the older ones first.

When Jesus was alone with the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

Jesus saved this woman from death. He did not condemn her but showed her grace. He died for her and for us. Then He rose, giving us hope of the eternal life we can have once we accept and believe in Him and victory over the wages of sin which is death. He stands at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.

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8 Responses to "Jesus Saved Us"

FYI:
These verses in John 8:3-11 is an added verses.and not part of the original book.

Why do you think these particular verses were added in? Why weren’t they a part of the original book? These verses demonstrated that we are all sinners and as such we should not judge others. Jesus said He did not come to condemn anyone and that was clearly shown in this encounter with the adulteress. He didn’t judge her but told her to stop sinning. He said that the heart of the law is mercy and He showed mercy to this woman who was condemned by the law. These are very important lessons that every Christian should be mindful of. We are not here to judge others but like Jesus, we show them compassion.

How will you show them compassion ? Tolerate their ignorance ? Is that how you should treat them? Is it your ways ?
Tell me?

Now , pertaining to your question of “why” they were added in;
Those scholars who translate the bible from Greek or Hebrew to English , thought that by adding these verses they will add to the deity of Jesus Christ. But they thought wrong. Instead, it did more harm than good, You see, the commandment of Moses still in effect during that particular time. Understand carefully the commandment of Moses:
“And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress SHALL SURELY BE PUT TO DEATH”.(Leviticus 20:10)
This is the commandment of God given to Moses. And they are very strict in following this law, to be as an example to those people who will try to commit this offence, that they should not try to do that.
So , Jesus Christ will not try to stop those people in implementing the existing law.
And about judging,and compassion, you seems to be a little bit ignorant about these subjects. I suggest that you should expound more your understanding about those subjects, biblically, before you try to preach them to others.
Study carefully the bible.

Showing people compassion is not the same as excusing or tolerating their sins as in the case of Jesus and the adulteress. He showed her compassion but He told her to stop sinning. No one understood the law better than Jesus Christ. And if these people were strict in following the law regarding adultery, the man with whom the woman committed the offense with should have also been present. These men were strict in following the law when it suited them. What about the commandment against bearing false witness? They encouraged people to lie about Jesus. They plotted to murder Jesus,on the Sabbath! They prevented people from honoring their parents. They themselves broke the Sabbath.
And as for judging and compassion, I am not ignorant about these matters. The religious leaders were judgmental and Jesus called them hypocrites. They showed no compassion for the blind, the deaf, the lame or any of the people Jesus healed. As Christians we ought to keep God’s commandments but remember, Jesus summed up those ten commandments into two – love God and love others.
Loving others does not mean that we condone their sinful lives but out of love we try to help them to change their lives for the better. I study the Bible. I don’t preach to others. I share what is written in the Word and it states that we ought not to judge others lest we be judged ourselves.
Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned: Did they really execute people for adultery in Israel? It is true that adultery was a capital offense under Jewish law, but the rules for evidence in capital cases were extremely strict. The actual act had to be observed by multiple witnesses who agreed exactly in their testimony. So, as a practical matter, virtually no one was executed for adultery, since this is a private sin (Bible Commentary).
The religious leaders cared nothing about the law. They were more concerned about trapping Jesus. Their motives were not pure at all. This was one of many times when they tried to trap Him. If they were really strict about the law, they would have brought the other guilty party to be stoned with the woman. Or, they would have taken the man and the woman and stoned them themselves.
What about king David and Bathsheba? Neither of them was stoned. Instead, God sent Nathan to rebuke the king and the instead of making excuses, David repented and sought forgiveness, God forgive him although the sins of David were far-reaching. David and Bathsheba lost one child but God blessed them with Solomon. God forgive adulterous Israel numerous times which tells me that God will forgive the transgressor who has a contrite heart. The story of Hosea and Gomer is a great example of God’s relationship with His adulterous (unfaithful) people and His love for them.
I came across an article which states that there are problems concerning the canonicity of John 8:1-11 and the story of the adulterous woman. Some scholars suggest that if the story is true, that John was not the author. They suggest that Luke was. Others who support its canonicity suggest it is a late addition by John and that it is misplaced in this part of his Gospel. And then there are other scholars who doubt the canonicity of the episode of the woman accused of adultery altogether.

The author of the article states: “Part of the problem is that the story of the adulterous woman is not found in any of the most important early Greek manuscripts that have survived, nor is it found in the Egyptian Coptic Church’s Biblical texts. However, three eminent 4th century Church Fathers, St. Jerome, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine, all testify to its authenticity. Jerome included it in his Latin Vulgate Bible translation, which was translated using the oldest and best Greek and Hebrew texts that existed in the late 4th century. St. Augustine maintains that this story was always part of John’s Gospel but that it was excluded from many copies because Church authorities feared it would be misinterpreted to suggest that Jesus condoned adultery. The ease with which Jesus forgave the woman was hard to reconcile with the stern morality of an early Christian Church fighting pagan debauchery and licentiousness. Sexual purity was a very foreign concept to most pagan gentiles. Evidence to suggest the veracity of this claim does exist. Many ancient manuscripts that do not contain this story have a blank space between the end of what we designate as John 8:2 and the beginning of the Light of the World discourse [8:12]. Some of these manuscripts not only have the gap but also have scribal notation marks indicating a missing passage” (http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/John_Gospel/Chapter%208.htm). My husband’s Bible has a notation at the bottom of the page stating that some ancient manuscripts don’t have John 7:53-8:11 and why.

These verses don’t show Jesus’ disregard for the law or His tolerance of sin. He knew that the religious leaders were not there to defend the law but to test Him. He was the Light of the world who came to save those who were lost.

Re: “the man with whom the woman who committed the offence with should have also been present”
That is why I told you that these verses were added, it was not in the original. This is not part of the Gospel. Look at what it done to you, you believe a lie.And in somewhat distort your belief and reasoning.
If these verses were not found in the original, why did Jerome testified to its authenticity? These priest are liars. For how can you authentic something that was not part of the Gospel to which you are trying to translate. And you believed these priests.
Just like you had believe in the doctrine of Limbo, which was a part of so many stupid doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. And was supported for centuries by so many pope. But at last , it was recently abolished by Pope Benedict XVI, saying their is no such thing as Limbo.
And by the way, Roman Catholic Church is NOT a Christian Church, it just pretending to be one. And this is not judging , it is the truth.

For the record, I do not believe in the teachings or traditions of the Roman Catholic Church or any church that does not uphold the teachings of the Bible. Let us just agree to disagree. In the future, please be respectful when addressing those who may not share the same views as you. Thank you.

You were spot on with this write up. E-mailed it to a friend and looking forward to some more.

Thanks for your comment and for sharing the post.

God bless.

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