Jesus: The Bread of Life (John 6:1-14,22-51); The Light of the World (8:12). During all the storms of life, Jesus still says: Be not afraid (6:18-20).
Jesus entered into the Temple (Court), and all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them (John 8:2). Jesus was interrupted by the scribes and Pharisees who brought unto Him a woman. . . . They say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the Law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest Thou? (8:3-5). They brought this woman to Jesus not because their hearts were grieved that the Law of God had been broken, but that they might have (a reason) to accuse Him (8:6). Had He said: "Let her go," they would have accused Him of compromising with sin and breaking the Mosaic Law. If He had said: "Stone her," He would have broken Roman law and been accountable to Rome.
Jesus brought conviction to each one of the woman's accusers when He said: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (8:7). And they which heard it . . . went out one by one, beginning at the eldest . . . Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst (8:9). Then Jesus said to her: Woman, where are . . . thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more (8:10-11). Jesus resumed His teaching, saying: I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life (8:12).
It is possible to follow the Light of the world for the wrong motives. During a time when some face serious troubles or terminal illness, they may "appear" to trust Jesus as Savior and Lord. However, let health return or let there be a change of circumstances for the better. All who are truly born again remain faithful regardless of circumstance. Some will revert to their self-centered ways. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12-13). Whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily (truly) is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him (I John 2:5).
Thought for Today:
And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul (Deut. 10:12).
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Pray for International Broadcasts sponsored by Vincent & Rebecca Naughton • Government Officials: Rep. Mazie Hirono (HI) and Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA) • Country: Ghana (19 million) in western Africa • Major languages: English and African languages • The government permits freedom to churches and missionaries that do not get involved in politics • 31% belief in spirits and witches; 22% Protestant; 17% Muslim; 11% Roman Catholic • Prayer Suggestion: Ask for boldness in telling others about the Lord (Ps. 119:46).
Memory Verse for the Week: Luke 14:33