Separation from God, most of us do not understand this concept! What does it mean to be separated from God? First let me say most of us choose this for ourselves. Without truly understanding that we are choosing it, we make a conscious choice to live separate from God. I believe this is because most people know that they have a sinful condition. We have desires that lead us in to dark places in our lives. Most of us want to keep our poor choices hidden from the world. The ironic thing is most everyone has a secret or two about themselves. There is a funny thing about some people, though they have hidden things themselves, they are the first to exploit someone else’s hidden secrets and bring them to the surface making sure everyone knows. I suppose it is because when we put the focus on others, all eyes are taken away from us and so our secrets are double protected, so let us reveal someone else’s baggage so my baggage will be out of focus! Mostly we think we can keep them hidden from God or we know we cant hide them from God so we simply avoid Him. Avoiding God, hiding from God is what separates us from Him.
What happens when we can no longer protect or hide our baggage, sin, poor choices? First of all we deal with the humiliation that comes from everyone seeing our brokenness. Second we begin to condemn ourselves, and thirdly we now know God may have been the one to have brought it to the surface and we now have the choice if we will face Him with it or not. How can we move forward? How can we live any longer? How can we face these things about ourselves and what will it look like? How do we face others, now that we are naked in the face of others? How do we deal with the shame?
Lets look at a famous passage ” He who has no sin, cast the first stone”!
John 8 New International Version (NIV)
8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
So much is happening here, and I can only touch on what relates to my post. I want you to focus on Jesus! His brilliance, His heart, His mercy, His wisdom, His purpose, His grace, love and most of all His mission to each of us! This passage can be broken up into three points.
#1 The accuser
#2 The accused
#3 The Redeemer
#1 The accuser.
Notice the (accuser) is in the form of the teachers of the law (pharisees). They set a trap for Jesus by bringing this women to Him and presenting what the word of God says “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women”! The accuser Satin in disguise always presents the word of God with legalism. It is always in the form of condemnation. Satin’s ultimate goal is death. He desires to bring nothing but death to us spiritually and ultimately physically for eternity! he desires to separate us from God by filling our heads with lies about who we are. Leading us away from God into bondage and slavery. Enticing us with the lust of this world, blinding us from a heavenly focus.
#2 The accused
The women at this point has been living a life separated from God and her sin leads her right to Jesus. She is brought to Jesus by the pharisees in the temple courts out in front of everyone. All her dark secrets now brought to the light in front of everyone. I’m sure many rumors were already out about her which is why they knew exactly who to grab! The amount of shame this women must have been carrying. Now the shame must be at it’s all time high! Have you ever been humiliated in front of others? Can you imagine the shame from the life style this women was living. Do you have compassion for her choices? She is broken and lost like so many and now used as a plot to destroy Jesus reputation. They planned to kill her, she was to die in her sin! She knew her guilt and sin had finally got the best of her.
#3 The Redeemer
Jesus listens to her accusers, kneels down and begins writing in the dirt with His finger. Some say he was writing each of the teachers of the law sins in the dirt. He straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Can you imagine? All of them holding a stone ready to judge her and kill her. They drop their stones from the oldest to the youngest. Simply by the power of Jesus words of truth. The women awaiting a horrible death now takes a sigh of relief. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” Jesus expresses only He is left there to judge her and shows His authority as the true King He is!
He then says to her “Then neither do I condemn you,” “Go now and leave your life of sin.” With His ever so amazing grace, He covers her sin and restores her. He then says “Go now and leave your life of sin.” What is Jesus saying to her? Is He telling her to be sinless, to never sin again? There are two places in the bible where I know Jesus says this, when Jesus healed an invalid by the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1–15). Afterward, Jesus found the man and told him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you” (verse 14) and here with this women. I believe what he is saying to both of them is stop this life style that caused your current circumstances. He knows we cant be sinless. He also knows we can change! We cant be perfect but we can learn to be excellent in this life.
He reaches to her heart protecting her as a true father. He guides her and gives her direction. He tells her to turn from the direction she is living. She turns and is no longer separated from Him. She walks with Him from then on. He is saying the same thing to you, turn from your lifestyle that is causing you harm and pain. He is not asking for perfection, He is guiding you to a better life, wanting to restore your life. If we will trust Him. Maybe you have been to jail and accused. Maybe a spouse left you because of your sin these are all leading you to take the step and listen to Jesus asking you to turn and no longer be separated from Him. He says in Matthew 11:30 New International Version (NIV) 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God bless you and thank you for visiting full of roses!!!