Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jesus Is Savior From The Penalty Of The Law, Spiritual Darkness, Slavery To Sin, And Eternal Death (John 8:1-59)

Theme: "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name." (20:30-31). 

2. Public Persuasion
     C. Of Jews (7-11)

Chapter eight shows Jesus as Savior from the penalty of the law (v 1-11), spiritual darkness (v12-30), slavery to sin (v31-47), and eternal death (v 48-59). 

First, chapter eight shows Jesus as Savior from the penalty of the law (v1-11). The scribes and Pharisees tested Jesus by bringing a woman "caught in the act of adultery" (v4), and pointing out the law required stoning her. Jesus said, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her" (v7), and they left one by one. Jesus then told the woman He did not condemn her, and told her to stop sinning. Jesus bore the curse of the law by dying on the cross (cf. Galatians 3:13), and delivers those who trust Him from the penalty of the law.

Next, chapter eight shows Jesus as Savior from spiritual darkness (v12-30). Jesus said, "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life." (v12). Colossians 1:13-14 says that God delivers those who trust Jesus "from the domain of darkness, and transfers them to the kingdom of His beloved son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Ephesians 4:18ff, and 5:1-14 describes the difference between those who walk in darkness and light. The unsaved are darkened in their understanding, and have given themselves over to various sin. By faith in Christ, those who trust Him as Savior walk in light, avoiding sin, and doing that which is right. Jesus saves from spiritual darkness. 

Third, chapter eight shows Jesus as Savior from slavery to sin (v31-47) Jesus said, "every one who commits sin is the slave of sin" (v34). However, He also said that His word is the "truth" which shall "make you free" from slavery to sin. He illustrated this when He healed the lame man (cf. John 5). The epistle of Romans shows how faith in Jesus as Savior results in freedom from the penalty of sin (chapters 1-5), power of sin in your daily life (chapters 6-16), and finally, from the very presence of sin in glory (chapter 8). Jesus saves from slavery to sin.

Finally, chapter eight shows Jesus as Savior from eternal death (v48-59). Jesus said, "unless you believe that I am [God and Savior], you shall die in your sins." Romans 6:23 says, "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ..." 2 Thessalonians 1:9  says that those who do not trust Jesus as Savior, "will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power..." By contrast, who ever trusts Jesus as Savior, "shall not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Jesus saves from eternal death. 

There is a strong emphasis, in this chapter, on Jesus relation to God the Father. He is from God, God sent Him into the world, and God gave Him miracles and signs to authorize His teaching. The Jews understood Jesus' claim that God was His Father as a claim deity, and this is why they tried to stone Him (v59). Jesus' relationship to the Father proves that He is God, and is the Savior from the penalty of the law, spiritual darkness, slavery to sin, and eternal death. 

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