New Beginnings "Sample" Lesson
John 8:1-11 (NKJV)
8 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
Condemn- To witness against; to show or prove to be wrong, or guilty.
Sin- hamartanó: to miss the mark, do wrong, sin
Original Word: ἁμαρτάνω
Part of Speech: Verb
No more- nothing more: nothing further
Thoughts from Leslie
Let's take a minute to reflect upon the above verses.
What is happening here is just TOO AMAZING to miss.
Jesus gave this woman the gift of becoming a "clean canvas"
She now has a fresh start to become something NEW and BEAUTIFUL!
The woman in this scripture was caught in the act of adultery.
Because of her sin, she was now considered to be impure, soiled and used.
Her accusers thought she was beyond repair and wanted her destroyed.
Thankfully, Jesus disagreed.
We may not all be guilty of the sin of adultery, but we are all sinners.
It is so incredible that just as this stained woman was given a fresh clean start,
we can be given same. This second chance is provided to us through the POWERFUL blood of Jesus!
Let's take a few minutes to make some visual connections.
To do this we will connect her second chance at life to refurbishing a used canvas.
What others saw as stained and worthless,
Jesus saw as a potential medium to hold a new creation.
He was giving this woman a chance to become a beautiful masterpiece.
The adulterous woman in John was spared from death. and was granted a "do-over!"
All of the filth and dirt from her past sins was brushed away.
She was now a CLEAN SLATE.
She was free and ready to become something NEW!
Incredibly, each one can receive this same wonderful gift today.
We can have a FRESH START!!!
Before we can become something new and beautiful, our slate must be totally washed clean.
Let's relate this to an artist painting on a canvas.
An artist will not begin to create a new piece on a used canvas without wiping it clean first.
The soiled canvas must be prepared and primed before it is ready to hold a fresh new picture.
Watch the “New Canvas” video to get a great visual of this process:
This concept is the same when a person is given a fresh start.
To help us make the connections, let's consider the steps applied in the video:
- The canvas had to be dusted off -
Likewise, we must dust ourselves off from the "sin."
It is necessary that we remove ourselves from the "dirt."
- The surface of the canvas was sanded –
This smoothed out all of the rough parts on the material’s surface.
Likewise, our "carnal" surface thinking must be sanded.
It is vital for us to allow God's Word to change our thinking.
- The canvas had to be covered with a primer to become a clean slate.
Likewise, we must be covered and primed with the saving blood of Jesus in order
for us to become a clean slate
Before Jesus came, people were rarely given a second chance for a new life.
The stains and dirt on their "canvas" was considered too filthy to clean.
Because of this, the sinners were often times killed for their crimes.
Adultery was one of these "death sentence" crimes. There were many more.
Deuteronomy 22:23-24 (NKJV)
23 “If a young woman who is a virgin is betrothed to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her, 24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor’s wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you.
Jesus is waiting with open arms to give each one of us a FRESH START!
Our sins can be forgiven and we can begin our new life starting right now.
The choice is ours.
Will we choose to have a new life?
Are we ready to become a clean canvas?
Our new beautiful masterpiece of a life is waiting to begin!
Just as Jesus instructs this nameless woman, we must GO and SIN NO MORE.
If we are ready for our new start, we must take action.
We cannot remain in our sin.
In order to begin our New Life, we MUST leave our bad choices behind.
We must walk toward our NEW Life in Christ!
Time for Prayer
Sometimes sin can look very promising. Forbidden fruit really does seem so delicious and satisfying, but it never is! Pray to God to give you both the wisdom and the strength to know what people or choices to stay clear from. The easiest way to resist sin is to avoid it altogether. This is sometimes very difficult to do.
Pray to your Heavenly Father to guide you to take the right paths each and every day in this coming New Year.
Ask God to lead you toward HIS perfect LOVE!
Sin is NEVER the right choice! Sin will NEVER lead to LOVE!
We must be aware that even though sin can be forgiven, it always leaves behind a path of pain.
The people hurt through the adultery committed by the woman in John 8 still occurred. The sin was forgiven, but the pain was not undone.
- When you look in the mirror, what do you see on your "canvas"?
- What are some of your sin "smudges" that you wish could be erased?
- Is it easy for you to believe that Jesus really can erase ALL of your sins? Why or why not?
- If your life really was a painter's canvas, how much money would you be willing to pay in order to have it completely wiped clean?
- Would it be easier for you to accept your fresh start if you had to pay a HUGE amount of money to receive it? Why or why not?