The Pharisees reacted to Jesus over His claim, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). Their hostility escalated from opposition to insult to violence, displaying traits of those who reject Jesus—a lack of knowledge, perception, and humility.
What is grace? Ask any theologian or serious Bible student that question and you will likely hear a two-word answer: unmerited favour. That may be true, but it is not entirely complete. As we are going to learn in this series, grace surrounds—in fact, envelopes—us every day of our lives. It is behind all of God’s actions, it prompts His movements in our direction, it takes the galling exactness out of our response to please Him, and it relieves us from the choking grip of needless guilt. When grace is understood and applied, we are no longer afraid of our God or demanding of one another.
John 8 tells the story of a woman caught in adultery. The Pharisees brought her to Jesus in order to trap Him. If Jesus said, “punish her” then His compassion for people would be questioned. If He said, “release her” then He’d be accused of not supporting the Law of Moses. How did He respond?
Truth gives stability to your faith, strengthens you when you’re tested, enables you to handle the Bible accurately, equips you to detect and confront error, allows you to live with confidence, and releases you from all fears and superstitions. Truth sets you free.
The Pharisees wanted to stone Jesus because He claimed equality with God and they rejected His claim. We do the same thing; we either accept or reject Christ. There is no middle ground.
The Internet once led me to a cheeky article written by someone called The Like Ninja. In it, he described his philosophy for social media: if there’s a like button, press it. Who knows what one like could mean to someone else?
Jesus confronted the Pharisees with their own law when they brought an adulterous woman to Him. Jesus, the one true judge, forgave her: “Go and sin no more,” He said (John 8:11). Whenever we confront, condemn, and correct wrong, we must demonstrate humility, righteousness, and a spirit of forgiveness.