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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

DJD329 - Caught In the Act

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Scripture: 

2 Corinthians 4:18

Starting Question:

Have you ever been caught doing something you knew was wrong? How did it feel to be found out?

Caught In the Act

Jesus made His way through the pre-dawn streets of Jerusalem. Having spent the night praying on the Mount of Olives, He was rejuvenated and ready for the day. He anticipated his early morning teaching session, hoping He would draw a significant crowd before sunrise.

The streets hummed with the low murmur of a city waking up. Candles, visible through the windows of many of the homes, revealed busy families.

Jesus arrived at Solomon’s Temple and sat in a visible place half way up the staircase. Two large white-marble columns towered behind Him. He looked at the Mount of Olives in the distance. It was the perfect location for today’s lesson.

People began to gather, greeting Jesus, “Shalom, Rabbi.”

“Good morning!” Jesus repeated many times as the people, ranging from the homeless to the pious, arrived and found places on the landing below.

Jesus lifted his eyes to the crowd. He paused for a moment, ensuring that all were listening, “Where does light come from?” He asked slowly, “And what does it reveal?”

The people loved a good question. They mulled it over. A Pharisee in the back hazarded an answer, “Light is God’s gift to us, revealing His perfect will.”

Jesus smiled and opened his mouth to respond but was interrupted by a raucous group emerging from the darkness. Rather than passing by, the unruly bunch headed toward the temple stairs, forcefully dragging a woman. She fought, screaming. The men, firmly grasping her wrists, brought her between the crowd and Jesus. It was clear to all; she was naked.

“This woman,” one of the men spat, “was caught, just now, with another woman’s husband—in the very act of adultery!” Jesus stood to face the men. “The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

** Continued in Light of the World tomorrow **

Reflection Question:
Imagine being the woman in this story. What do you think she expected? How does today's text give a hint as to what, knowing Jesus, we can expect when caught in sin and thrown at the feet of Jesus?

Prayer time:
Before you pray together, ask: What would you like to say to Jesus today?