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Before you throw that stone…

Before you throw that stone…

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders." (John 8: 2-11)

For some, aging brings a critical, cynical, judgmental stance.  Well (with a huff)... When I...  In our day...   However, in this poignant story from John, the elders recognize their own sinfulness and the truth of Jesus' words.  They quietly turn and leave.  In so doing, they create a safe conditions for others to follow suit.  If the elders can set aside their egos, reputations, and own their sinfulness, so too can the younger members of the community.    

Private thoughts? No such thing with Jesus!

 Private thoughts? No such thing with Jesus!

The sick, the worried, the curious, the lost press in on Jesus for healing.  But among the hopeful, there are also the doubters.  Oh, they don't espouse their doubts out loud and while they hold their tongues, their hearts are critical and suspicious.  Here is the key, Jesus knows.  He knew what they were thinking and he knows what we are thinking.  There are no private thoughts when it comes to Jesus.  He knows.  Mark 2: 1-11

Healed. Forgiven. Staying God-Focused.

 Healed. Forgiven. Staying God-Focused.

 

The woman who "washed the feet of Jesus with her tears" sat aside social custom, worries of personal critique, maybe even fear of physical threat.  She entered the house of a Jewish leader – she knew him and he knew her – if not her personally, at least her reputation.  She comes and falls before Jesus, the tears flow.  She does the most slave-like act of foot washing – not with some clean water and dirty stained cloth but with her tears.  She brings herself to Jesus’ feet.  Sorry.  Sorry.  Sorry.  Does she ask for forgiveness – maybe not, but certainly for healing.  Her life, her choices, have brought her to this point of publically displaying her need for healing.

 

Jesus at Work. Five practical lessons for our busy lives.

 Jesus at Work. Five practical lessons for our busy lives.

A "day in the life" of Jesus.  Jesus cures a demoniac, heals Simon's mother-in-law, and he preaches and heals "the whole town."  Finally, he rises very early and went off to a deserted place where he prayed.  Whew.  Jesus knows the stresses and strains of a demanding life.  He offers us some important lessons.