JOHN 8

8 Outlines

 

CONFRONTATION

John 8:1-11

 

CONDEMNING LEADERSHIP Vss. 1-5

 

CONVICTING COMMAND Vss. 6-9

 

COMPASSIONATE SAVIOR Vss. 10-11

 

COMMANDING GOD Vs. 11

  "Go and sin no more."

 

 

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John 8:1-11

IT'S EASY

 

Some things are hard to do, while others things seem to be pretty easy.  One of the easy things to do is to have a critical spirit.  Especially in church you will find people who have the "gift of criticism".  No matter what you do in church, someone will criticize.  Jesus certainly dealt with his hare of critics, and we meet some of them in this passage.

 

IT'S EASY TO FIND FAULT - Vss. 1-6

The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus who had been caught in the act of adultery.  Look around and you will find it easy to identify the sins of others.  That's because we have all sinned (Romans 3:19, 23).

 

They suggested to Jesus that Moses said that such a person caught in such an act should be stoned (Vs. 5). The interesting thing is that they were suggesting this, so they could accuse Jesus after he gave an answer.

 

IT'S EASY TO FORGET OUR OWN SINS - Vss. 7-9

Jesus simply told them that whoever was not guilty of sin to cast the first stone.

They were willing to condemn the woman caught in sin, but were not remembering their own sins (Matthew 7:1-2).

They were so convicted that each one of them left without throwing a single stone.

 

IT'S EASY TO BE FORGIVEN - Vss. 10-11

Jesus could have condemned this woman, but He didn't.

Instead, He told her to go and sin no more.

 

It is easy to receive forgiveness from the Lord Jesus, because it is He who died for our sins (Romans 5:6-9). When a person trusts Christ as Savior forgiveness and eternal life comes(John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 1:9-11).

When Christians confess their sins, they are forgiven (1John 1:9).

 

 

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John 8:1-11

APPEARANCE BEFORE THE SAVIOR

 

There was once a woman who committed adultery.

The last person she probably wanted to see was the Son of God.

However, the meeting before the Savior not only showed Jesus' superiority over His enemies, but also gave the woman forgiveness.

 

ACCUSATION BY THE ENEMY - Vss. 1-6

ANSWER OF JESUS - Vss. 7-8

APPRAISAL OF SELF - Vs. 9

ASSURANCE OF MERCY - Vss. 10-11

 

 

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John 8:12

THE LIGHT OF LIFE

 (This outline was adapted from the writings of Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scriptures. The notes are my own.)

 

DARKNESS! Making decisions in the dark can lead to some regrettable consequences. Back in the days before electricity, a tightfisted old farmer was taking his hired man to task for carrying a lighted lantern when he went to call on his best girl. "Why," he exclaimed, "when I went a-courtin' I never carried one of them things. I always went in the dark." "Yes," the hired man said wryly," and look what you got!" http://www.bible.org/illus/l/l-34.htm#TopOfPage Source unknown

 

DARKNESS! Go to one of the news pages such as http://foxnews.com  and to your local newspaper.  Mention several headlines that show that we live in a dark and sinful world.

 

Darkness! This world is full of it.  There's the occult, there's murder, there's suicide, there's infidelity, there's abortion, there's lying, there's stealing, there's drugs, and there's a host of other things that attest to this world's spiritual darkness.

 

What does the Bible say about darkness? John 3:19, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 1:20-22, Romans 3:10-12

The world is full of the darkness of sin. That's the bad news. The good news is found in our text.  John 8:12 - "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

 

Light is the opposite of darkness. Jesus said, I am the light of the world.   

 

So, if you are disturbed by the wickedness that surrounds you, and the wickedness you sense in your own heart, Jesus in the second of his "I Am" statements found in the Gospel of John, presents you with the solution to the problem of darkness.

 

As the light of the world, we want to see:

CHRIST'S GLORY

CHRIST'S GUIDANCE

CHRIST'S GREATNESS

 

In order to better understand John 8:12, we need to understand the context in which Jesus is speaking.  When Jesus was speaking he was probably at the temple in Jerusalem.

 

He was there for the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Tabernacles commemorated the wilderness wanderings of the Jewish people as they left Israel and traveled to the Promised Land.

 

At least on the first night of the Feast of Tabernacles, and perhaps on other nights a huge candelabra was lit in the Court of the Women at the temple.  This huge candelabra gave a tremendous amount of light.  The light was a reminder that God had guided and protected his people with a pillar of fire. Exodus 13:21

Just as the pillar of fire was the light for the Israelites and the candelabra was the light for the temple, Jesus is saying that He is the light of the world.

 

Also, at the beginning of this chapter some of the Jewish leaders, the scribes, and some of the fundamentalists of that day, the Pharisees, had brought a woman caught in the very act of adultery to Jesus. John 8:4-11.  In the midst of the moral darkness as represented by this woman and by those who would condemn her, Jesus says, "I am the light of the world."  The world is morally corrupt and dark but Jesus is the light that answers the darkness.

 

CHRIST'S GLORY - "I am the light of the world."

 

Here's a quick quiz for you. What is the first thing that God created in Genesis 1? He created light!

Genesis 1:1-5

 

Why did God create light first?  I can't say for sure, but I believe it has to do with his nature!  God is light!    Psalms 104:1-2, 1 John 1:5, Revelation 21:23

 

Jesus, as God, announces in our passage, I am the light of the World.  

As God, Jesus came to bring light. John 1:4-5

Peter gave testimony that he and others had witnessed Jesus' majesty.

2 Peter 1:16-17 When did Peter witness this majesty?  At the transfiguration of Jesus.

Matthew 17:2

 

See the glory of Jesus Christ!

He is the light of the world!

 

He came to this old earth darkened with sin.

He came to this old earth and died for the sins of the world.

He came to this old earth and rose from the dead.

He left this old world bodily to sit at the right hand of God.

Through His Holy Spirit He is still present in this world, and inside of each person who has trusted Him as Savior.

 

As light in this dark world He offers forgiveness of sin.

As light in this dark world He offers eternal life.

As light in this dark world He offers hope.

 

Think of your unsaved friends. Think how they walk in the darkness and depravity of sin.  Think of them as in a dark tunnel.

At the end of that dark tunnel is light, and it's not a train. Jesus is that light for those in the darkness. They need to come to that light in faith!

 

The sad thing is that many chose to remain in darkness rather than coming to the light. John 3:19   What can we do?  We can't make people come to the light, but we can show them the light.  In fact, Jesus has shared some of His light with us, and He wants our lights to shine! Matthew 5:14-16

 

CHRIST'S GUIDANCE - John 8:12 - "...he that followeth me..."

 

So how does a person follow Jesus.

To follow Jesus means first to trust in Him for eternal life.

You can't truly follow Jesus until you trust Him has Savior. John 14:6

He must be trusted as the way to Heaven. 1 John 5:11-12

 

One of the ways you know that you have truly trusted Christ as Savior is because you are following the Lord Jesus. John 10:27

 

You say you've trusted Jesus as your Savior. That's great.

But let me ask you, other than showing up for church when it's convenient, are you following him?

Other than just praying when you or a loved one has a problem are you following him?

Are you looking to Him for guidance in the decisions you make?

Are you looking to Him for guidance as you try to read and understand His Word?

Are you allowing Him through His Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth?

Have you come to a point in your life where following Him is the most important thing in your life?

 

Here are two important scriptures for you to consider: Luke 9:23 - ARE YOU DOING THIS?

 

1 John 2:6 - If we are following Jesus, we are allowing Him to be our guide!

Christian, are you accepting Christ's guidance.

 

CHRIST'S GREATNESS -John 8:12  - "...he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

 

When Dottie and I go camping or visit strange places, we often take a flashlight.  A flashlight on a dark night works wonders. We avoid walking in darkness. When we drive our cars at night we turn on our headlights, and when there's no vehicles coming the other way we turn on the high beams. We avoid walking in darkness.

 

If you follow the Lord Jesus you will not walk in darkness because Jesus will light the way.  But the choice is ours. Even as Christians, we can chose to walk in darkness.

Turn please to 1 John 1:5-7.

 

Vs. 5 - God is light! In him is no darkness. That means there is no darkness of sin found in God!

Vs. 6 - If we say that we are having fellowship with God. That is communion or communication with God. If we say we are walking with God or know God, and walk in darkness, we are lying!

Vs. 7 - How do we walk in the light? We follow the Lord Jesus.

           We let Him expose the sin in our lives.

           According to Vs. 9, we confess that sin.

 

When we do this, we then have fellowship with others of like faith.  It is impossible to have true Christian fellowship if you are walking in darkness.

 

If we are honest before God in our Christian lives, allowing Jesus to be our guide, we will experience constant cleansing from sin. I believe this is so because as the light of Jesus exposes the sin, we will confess it.

 

Follow Jesus and you will no longer walk in the darkness of habitual sin.

Follow Jesus and you will have the light of life!

Yes, you will have the light of eternal life because of your faith in Christ.

But you'll also have the light of real life now.

In John 10:10 Jesus called it "more abundant life".

No longer will you live in habitual sin and defeat.

You will have the light of victory and the light of joy because of your fellowship with Christ and His followers.

 

 

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John 8:30-36

SUCCESSFUL DISCIPLESHIP

 

THE PREMISE OF DISCIPLESHIP - BELIEF - Vs. 30

THE PROOF OF DISCIPLESHIP - CONTINUATION IN HIS WORD - Vs. 31

THE POWER OF DISCIPLESHIP - VICTORY OVER SIN - Vss. 32-36

 

 

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John 8:30-36

FAITH TYPES

 

John 8:30 - As he spake these words, many believed on him.

 

TRUE FAITH

John 8:31-32 - Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; [32] And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

TENTATIVE FAITH

John 8:33-34 - They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? [34] Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

 

TRIUMPHANT FAITH

John 8:35-36 -  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. [36] If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

 

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FREE INDEED

John 8:31-36

 

COMFORTING PROMISE Vss. 31-32

CONTENTIOUS PEOPLE Vs. 33

CHALLENGING PRINCIPLES  Vss. 34-36

 

 

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John 8:31-32, 36

TRUE!

 

TRUE DISCIPLES - Continue in His Word - Vs. 31

 

TRUE DELIGHT - Knowing The Truth  - Vs. 32

 

TRUE DELIVERANCE - The truth sets us free - Vs. 32

                                           We are free indeed - Vs. 36

 

 

 

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