Jesus said to the scribes and the Pharisees, after forgiving the woman caught in the act of adultery and after telling the scribes and Pharisees they were from hell and that He was from heaven. He tells them that they will kill Him and once they place Him on the Cross they will know that He is the Son of God, that He is not working in His own authority, but of His Father’s. He says, “And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” John 8:29
My husband has been preaching/teaching through the Gospel of John for the past seven months now. A few weeks ago, he was preaching out of these verses in chapter 8. I was so encouraged by these words of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Surely there is no temptation that has not been placed before Christ, that He has not overcome. I am also spurred on that, He too was in situations I find myself in at times. I mean, can you imagine the loneliness in always having to defend who you are and why you are doing the things you do? Always being put on ‘front street’? Always being accused? (Falsely of course.) Always being asked, ” Who are You? Where do you come from?” Even though you have explained it time and time again. Yet no one seems to be getting it. Here, Jesus is in this same situation, out numbered, and He says, “He who sent me is with me. He has not left me.” I wonder if Jesus was saying this to encourage Himself, as well as to also make it known, still, to the scribes and Pharisees, that God sent Him and God is still with Him in everything that He is doing. (Which is the very reason they are coming against Him.)
But you know what? I find myself in these momentsituations, too. You should be able to as well. I have been the accuser, pointing out another’s sin, saying, “Look at her, look at him.” Have about you? I have also been the one spreading doubt, by asking, “Are you who or what you say you are?” or “Hmpff! She must think she is somebody!” You can relate? And I have been the one caught in my sin. I have been caught in lies, manipulation…fornication, like this man and woman. And before you say or ask, “what? somebody walked in on you?” NO! Because they did not have too. I walked openly in my sin during and after college. Of course, not all of my sins were sexual sins. My point is, my sin was known. And that was not my worst! My worst has been questioning Christ, essentially doubting that He IS who He says that He IS! I hate that I have doubted my Lord. ‘Tis another reason I stand in awe of my GOD & my Lord. He took my place, He took the penalty for every sin I had and had not yet committed. And right now, the enemy knows my identity and in the end, the his accusations against me will not stand. Now that’s a fact!
Just thinking about Scripture…