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What Did Jesus Do? (3 of 5)
Series: Who is This Jesus?
A Walk through the Gospels
My dad is the consummate walker. With his lean, 6'2"½ frame he walks at a very brisk pace. When I was growing up, wherever we went, I always tried to keep pace with him. Unfortunately, it was always hard to match his stride. I remember times when I hooked my fingers onto his belt loops or back pockets, held on, and just let him drag me in his wake. On one of these occasions, I noticed that my dad was wearing Levi Moving On action jeans. It was then that I nicknamed him, "the moving-on man." I used to always say that my dad was, "a man on a mission."
As I grew up, I realized that my dad was a lot like Jesus. Jesus was a "moving-on man" who was "a man on a mission." Even a cursory reading of the Gospels reveals that Jesus always had one great end in view. From the very beginning of His public ministry, Jesus' objective was His final journey to Jerusalem and His death there, as a substitute for sinners. It was this goal of suffering that compelled Him to do what He did. This leads to the questions: What did Jesus do? How did Jesus become the greatest person to ever walk this earth? What difference should what Jesus did 2,000 years ago make in my life today? We will be considering five prominent works that Jesus did. It is my conviction that if you seek to practice what Jesus did, you will discover your ultimate purpose and significance.
1. Jesus forgave sinners. If you were to observe the events in the life of Jesus, you would note that people actually pursued Him. A woman worked her way through a crowd just to touch Him. A group of men lowered a friend through a roof just so he would be in the presence of Jesus. Zaccheus climbed up in a sycamore tree so that he could see Him. People loved Jesus and they wanted to be with Him. However, we're going to read about a woman who was actually forced into Jesus' presence. Please turn with me to John 8:1-11.
In 8:1-2, "Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them." Underline the phrase "all the people." The Bible tells us that everywhere Jesus went there was a crowd. People wanted to see Him, be around Him, and hear Him teach. The large crowd adds to the melodrama of everything that's happening.
In 8:3-4, "the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act."' Right smack dab in the middle of a sermon, the Jewish leaders bring a woman they have caught in the act of adultery and put her front and center of the temple crowd where every eye is fixed upon her. It's quite certain they did not gently bring her along. They probably dragged her to the temple "kicking and screaming." Since she was caught "in the very act" of adultery, she ...
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