Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Mercy triumphs over Judgement
by Erik Momsen
"For he who has shown no mercy shall have judgment without mercy, and mercy exults over judgment." James 2:7-13
What make us unique is our relationship with Jesus. The world has many religion but we have a heart transplanting daily encounter with the risen Lord. Unless this heart is daily softened with the oil of His Spirit we stay in the age-old human trap of judgment.
Judgment allows us to separate ourselves from the person or problem and spares us the trouble of getting involved. If I can write them off then I don't have to take the trouble of hanging in there with their pain and struggles.
The often quoted passage of John 3:16 has a lot more for us.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes on Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God." (John 3:16-18)
- Motivated by love for a sinful world (bar language is a better description of the world).
- Paid the price for us - (who me? - nothing wrong with me!).
- Gift above all gifts set before = life.
- Our modus operandi is separation - judgment and punishment.
- God's desire is NOT condemnation --- ours too often is.
- We want the Nazi's - racist - rapists - terrorists ---- PUNISHED.
- God looks at all beings with love - in hope that they'll change their thinking (metanoeo - think differently).
- The world is already condemned by its own actions - that's not our job.
- God desires an escape tour for anyone who calls on Jesus.
"And the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman taken in adultery. And standing her in the midst, they said to Him, Teacher, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned. You, then, what do you say? They said this, tempting Him so that they might have reason to accuse Him. But bending down, Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger, not appearing to hear. But as they continued to ask Him, He lifted Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her. And again bending down, He wrote on the ground. And hearing, and being convicted by conscience, they went out one by one, beginning at the oldest, until the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. And bending back up, and seeing no one but the woman, Jesus said to her, Woman, where are the ones who accused you? Did not one give judgment against you? And she said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I give judgment. Go, and sin no more." (John 8:4-11)
- They caught her "red handed" or with her pants ...
- What about the him involved? - I presume it was a "him".
- The pharisees had set a trap.
- Jesus would not set a trap --- this smacks of vengefulness.
- The trap was really for Jesus.
- Would he break the law or her head and heart?
- They wanted the people to see Jesus as condemning judge.
- Jesus says, "Let the perfect one judge".
- You know there is only one perfect one.
- The oldest went away first = more sins to remember.
- You should get humble as you age - you have more to be forgiven for.
- Jesus sends her away.
- He does not call that which is sin by another name - sin is sin.
- Jesus who is perfect still states her sin but sets her free.
ONLY JUDGE YOURSELF AND LET GOD DO THE REST
The only person I want to judge is myself. Paul tells us;
“But if we judged ourselves correctly, we would not be judged. Now, while we are being judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined lest we be condemned along with the world." (1 Corinthians 11:31,32)
OH FOR A HEART THAT SEES AS JESUS SEES
OH FOR A CHURCH THAT JUDGES AS JESUS JUDGES
Date Added: 2010-11-02
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