Friday, May 28, 2010

"Go and Sin No More"

One of the things that absolutely amazes me about God's love is His amazing, wonderful grace.

A few months ago this song came out by Jason Michael Carroll called "Hurry Home".

The first time I heard it my thoughts immediately went to how God loves us. To God - it doesn't matter where we've been, we CAN still come home. When we go astray and walk away from Him, he just waits for us to come back. Through Jesus' death on the cross we are forgiven for the sins we've done, the sins we're doing now, and the sins we're going to do - all of them. Thanks to Jesus - we can come home. Every. Single. Time.

The line in that song that resonates the most with me is "...she was scared he wouldn't want her." How many times have we sinned or strayed from God's ways only to think we're not good enough to come back? But God wants us - we are His. He always wants us to come home.

We talked about this last night with the students in the youth group. I drew a neat diagram with "X's" representing our mistakes, a stick figure representing us, a cross where God intervened, checkmarks to show us walking with Him, another "X" to demonstrate when we slip, and then... another cross. Steve used a balancing soccer ball to further demonstrate the point. God's grace... Jesus' death on the cross...

I am in awe.

If you haven't listened to that song yet and thought about it in terms of God's wonderful grace - I highly recommend that you do. It's a great way to think about how He loves us.

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

“No, Lord,” she said. 

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” 
(John 8:1-11)

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