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Friday, January 16, 2015

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Our great need for Jesus should be the first and chief focus of our lives each day. It is the infusion of God’s grace, peace, and power at the beginning of the day that will help us to bypass the attacks of the evil one. Jesus left us a noble example demonstrated by His encounter with the scribes and Pharisees in today’s reading.

Though not found in all four of the Greek manuscripts of the Gospels—but in the manuscript of John—the narrative of the woman caught in adultery and accused by church leaders is consistent with other stories in the New Testament.  The lesson for today is clear. Our work as believers is not to concentrate on accusing people and pointing out their evil—especially since Jesus knows about the weaknesses in our own lives.  Rather, we need to point people to Jesus who has power to forgive them and keep them from returning to lives of sin. After all, this is the reason Jesus came into the world “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

Ellen White describes the scene in this story: “The world had only contempt and scorn for this erring woman, but the Sinless One pitied her weakness and reached to her a helping hand.  While the hypocritical Pharisees condemned, Jesus urged her, ‘Go and sin no more’” (The Ministry of Health and Healing, p. 40).

As we strive to do the will of God, we will be misunderstood and accused as Jesus was of heresy and having a demon.  Notwithstanding, we must continue to point people to Jesus, Who is the Truth and will set them free. 

Stay close to Jesus today. 




Willie Oliver
Director
Department of Family Ministries
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists