Woman taken In adultery is brought by hardened people of the Law. Jesus spoke to those there and would not condemn her. None could throw a stone. Can we live in the humility of the Son and His Kingdom? (John 8:1-8)

Speaker: Thomas Schaller, Tero Frederickson
Sermon: 12597
11:00 AM on 10/15/2023

P. Schaller –

Okay. We have a map of Finland going up. Is that right pastor? There it is. So, many of you know – P. Brian and
Paula are here back from Hungary. Good to have you back. It’s amazing. How many of you are
from Finland? You were born in Finland. Would you stand up? You were born in Finland. Okay.
Wow. Wow. All right. So, some of you may not realize but Greater Grace World Outreach, we
do mission work. And what it means is we go to some country, evangelize, teach, and
prayerfully, hopefully people find the grace of God, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of grace and
grow in that grace.

And this happened like a long time – 48 years ago or something in Finland. So, we have some
guests here from Finland and P. Tero is going to share a brief word with us. I want to introduce
him to you because in our heart – I mean, here’s a good question. How many people fit in your
heart? Really? Oh, that’s great answers. Everyone! Okay. Remember, didn’t we say something
like how many elephants fit in a Volkswagen? How many elephants fit in a telephone booth?
How many people can fit in your heart? Sometimes, two or five. My family. Maybe thirty
friends and family.

But really, I don’t know the answer. But I really believe it happens to us that we see somebody.
We might not even know their name, but that gift, that person, ministers to my heart. They
may be – they come here for Convention, or you might see them or even you never meet them,
but you might see them in history. You might be fascinated by their life, by their godliness. The
saints. The men and women of faith like Amy Carmichael or John Calvin or Billy Graham. There
you go. They fit in our heart. They may not be like super heroes, but there is something about
their humility or their love or their wisdom that ministers to me. And that’s a blessing. That’s
part of life. Because you grow in your faith, that’s what happens.

Finland is a country in northern Europe where we do have a lot of friends and some churches
that minister there and I want you just to realize that we all have our life. Somebody could say I
live in Rosedale or Essex or Middle River. I have my life. I have my job. I have my family. But
could I have also another part of the world in my heart, you know.

Right now, we’re praying for Israel and the poor, precious Palestinians people who are in one
sense innocent and victims in a very difficult situation. The Palestinian populous I’m talking
about. Not the government but the people who love their families, who want to have job and
want to have peace in their life. The world is challenged with the troubles and the pain, but we
can pray cause Jesus told us to. So, here, Vaasa. I don’t know if that came up. Okay. This is
where P. Tero is from. And then we have Jyvaskyla. It’s somewhere here I think. That’s where P.
Eku is from. P. Kimo is from Turku here. So, I just share that with you that maybe it will share
your heart to have this in your prayers. So, welcome P. Tero.

P. Tero Frederickson –

Thank you for receiving me so well. I travel here together with my wife,
Rita. Please stand up. My wife. You may know her better than I because she lived here I think
one year. It’s a privilege really to be here and enjoy your hospitality. You’re a great church. You
really receive us warmly. And I made a decision to go to the pastors retreat and then we
attended with some others from here Free Grace Alliance Conference, and I think one reason
why I wanted to go to the conferences and be here in the church a little bit longer time was
that I’ve done certain things in the ministry and like missions committee and other things.

But I wanted to do something new as well. I wanted to get a little bit fine tuning and maybe even
redirection and wisdom from God on what to do next. Vaasa definitely but there is something
to do there. I found that time at the pastors retreat was a very good time. It really exceeded my
expectations. So, if I had one expectation I also saw that we should always expect unexpected.
God spoke to me about different things and opened up the Bible passages. Then we went back
to Baltimore from Pennsylvania, and we have stayed with Minichiello’s. They are wonderful
family. So, I’m so grateful that they received us so warmly.

I started to think about the Bible passage we covered in the pastors retreat, and I revisited that
in another conference as well. I think like main theme was finishing well. Also pastor touches a
little bit of rediscovering your ministry. Another conference I think like the central topic was
keep learning, keep learning from Jesus. And then meanwhile I was a little bit sick. I got this
China virus infection, so I had time to read Bible and think through these passages.

So, what we covered in the pastors retreat was Acts 20. Paul left Ephesus and I’ve read a little
bit how he left it. It’s Acts 20:37 and onwards. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed
him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Vs.
38. So, in order to finish well means that – at least it means for me for now – that I need to
move on. I need to continue. But it doesn’t necessary mean that I’m doing old things in old
way. Not necessary that I’m doing old things in a new way, but I need to do something that is
radically new. That’s the passage here, but in order to do that means that we cannot
accomplish everything in life. We need to leave something behind as Paul did. And he gave us a
good model how to live the Christian life.

If we leave something behind, most probably they are precious thing like Paul left Ephesus and
people there. Elders. Pastors. Bible school students. He was there many years. So, it was
emotionally a tough thing. So in order to move on, it may mean that I leave something precious
behind in order to gain something else.

Paul had already planned what to do, and he has written Romans. I like to read one verse from
his plan. Romans 1:11-12. So, Paul wanted to do something new. He moved from eastern part of
Roman Empire. Greek speaking area to Hebrew speaking area to the west and was eager to go into Spain. So, he needed to learn a new culture, new way to do ministry, maybe new language,
new friends, new partners to do missions. So, he was ready to learn but he was also planning on
doing it together with others.

So, when I think my time here is that if I want to do well, finish well, I need to leave something
precious behind. That’s point #1. Point #2, I want to learn something new. And point #3, I need
the Body of Christ. I cannot do this alone. I cannot make it alone. This is my testimony of my
time here. It has been great time. And I’m looking forward to seeing you again, and I’m looking
forward to doing something new when I go back home, and asking your prayers that God will
bless what we are trying to accomplish there. And not just want we are doing. That’s important
thing what we are doing but also how we are and what is our being and so that we don’t forget
these three principles there like leaving something behind, learning something new, and we
meet together. God bless you. You are awesome church.

P. Schaller –

Wow, that was touching, wasn’t it? We wait for you, Lord. Our Father who art in
heaven, hallowed be thy name. What’s the next part? Thy kingdom come where? Where? On
earth in Baltimore. On earth. What is it like? Your kingdom come on earth as it is what? As it is
in heaven. Question: Is there death in heaven? Well, is that coming to the earth? What? I mean
you’re like – am I trying to trick you? I’m not. Come Lord and your kingdom of heaven come on
earth as it is in heaven. Is there death in heaven? How about sin? Fear? Crime? Tylenol PM?
Medications? Hospitals? All right.

So, is that coming on earth? It is. It’s coming. So, when we say that prayer it’s like we really –
how about this point. 1 John 4, it says we are as he is. Would you turn there with me? 1 John. 4. It
goes up on the screen. Somebody asked me do your people carry Bibles to your church
services? I said not any more. We were very serious about it. We wave our Bible even, but –
let’s do it. How may bought a Bible. Raise – wow! I was wrong! I was wrong! Wow! That’s
amazing. So, we have it in our heart. We have it on our screen. We have it in our hand. And it’s
1 John. 4. The verse I’m thinking is vs. 17. Thank you. Wait a minute. As he is. Jesus, right? As he is
so are we. I would have written it if I was writing the Bible I would say as Jesus is so we will
become like him, but it isn’t written that way. As he is, so are we in this present evil world.
What does that mean?

Christ born in us is the same Christ that is. He is the same. And as he is, so we are. But I might
not act like it. Of course, I’m not perfect as he is, but I am perfect as he is in the mind of God.
God is saying you are as perfect as my Son. You are righteous. How righteous are you? As
righteous as he is, because he imputed it to us. Imputing means legally has recognized us as
righteous as Christ. His obedience is imputed to you. That’s 2 Corinthians 5:21. We are righteous as he
is. How did you become righteous? Romans 3. By believing. We believed. That was all. That’s all
that we did. We believed and we were saved. Made righteous.

So, we have two words, justification. This is another word for salvation. And then we have
sanctification is our practice in our experience in life. One is progressive. One could be like a
point in time. We are justified, made righteous, 100%. We are saved. Why would you go to
heaven? Not because you are a nice guy, or you are decent or civilized or moral. You go to
heaven because you are born again. You’ve been declared righteous by God because you
believed. At one point in time, you believed, and you’re justified. There’s no progression in it.
There’s no process. There’s no time lapse where you become more and more righteous. That
happens over here on the other side of the picture here.

Sanctification is you’re saved. Now, you go through your life. You go ups and downs. You grow.
Hopefully, you are growing. Hopefully, you are growing. What if I’m not growing? Then, are you
alive? Because living things grow. What if you are saved and there doesn’t look like there’s any
progression in your life, any growth in your life? Then, I would say in a word as a pastor to you
like why do that? If the great grace – cause this was over here on this side great grace made you
a child of God. So, why wouldn’t the same great grace here be what changes your life? Why not
live in faith and grow in your faith? And be changed from glory to glory and have a better life.
You actually have a better life by growing in his grace and growing in the knowledge of Christ.

So, you will learn vocabulary here in the church, and understand things little by little as you
have an open book, open Bible, and the Holy Spirit is your teacher.
P. Tero mentioned like dropping things or letting them go. How did you say it? leaving them
behind. Like taking things and letting them go. Leaving them behind. I would like to share a
message now about – I think we’ll do John 8 and read this story very simply and see how the
message develops. John 8:1-2. I wish I was there. How about you? Wow! I wish I was there. Vs.
3-4. So, we have Jesus in the environment of religion and also the environment of idolatry to be
frank. Idolatry.

For the Pharisees invented in their minds the concept of God that would say – P.
Eugene could you walk up here for just a minute? I want to show you something. Let’s say P.
Eugene is a good man, a religious man, and he’s a Pharisee. Sorry! Okay. He wants a God that’s
going to say to him, Eugene, you’re good. Real good. You fast twice a week. You keep the law.
And he wants a God – like I’m playing that part now – I’ll say Eugene, you are good. You are
good. He wants that God. But where did that God come from? From his own mind. He wants to
have a God like me that’s going to say, Eugene, man, you’re doing good. Keep it up. You’re
doing good.

What is he missing? He’s blind. How is he blind? He’s blind by his pride. That he believes he is
good, and he has God saying to him. But is that God? It’s me in this case, right, but am I the real
God? I am the God (god) that came from his mind and his ideas. And he likes it. He likes it that
he’s got me, because I’m not challenging him, right? And he brings an adulteress to Jesus to test
Jesus.

Jesus, okay. Moses said she’s to be stoned. What do you say? Now, Jesus is not this god. Jesus is
over here. He doesn’t know Jesus. He doesn’t know that Jesus is God. He doesn’t know Jesus.
But he has a Jewish religion, and he has a concept of God. But that concept of God is reinforcing
his ego. But Jesus is not reinforcing his ego. Jesus is going to teach him something, right? Should
we have him sit down or should we keep him up here? All right. Go! Go!

Now, go to John 8 and let’s read the story. Vs. 5. Now, this is dangerous. When you bring your
thoughts to Christ, when Eugene brings his thoughts that he’s thinking and he brings them to
Jesus and says, what do you think? That’s dangerous. That by the way is why some people don’t
read the Bible, because they don’t want to know what Jesus thinks. That’s why sometimes they
stay away from us. Have you noticed that? They walk on the other side of the street. I’m joking!
No, but think about it. It takes some courage to bring it to Jesus. What do you think we should
do with this woman?

I would say they were not humble. They were proud. I think we read that in a second. What do
you think? But they are doing it to test him. They feel they got him, because they feel he’s
gracious. They know he heals the leper. They know he lives with sinners, publicans, and sinners.
They got a feeling of his way. He’s not orthodox Jew. That’s what they think. But Matthew 5:17 says
he was. Every law he fulfilled. He fulfilled the law. Everything he did was in obedience to the
law. He was righteous but he had another spirit. It wasn’t pride. This man, Eugene, has the law,
but he has pride. And he doesn’t have God. That’s shocking that a religious person doesn’t have
God, isn’t it? I mean the real God. Of course, he has God. But it’s his God that is like yeah, yeah,
yeah (patting on the back). Rah! Rah! Rah! You’re good. You’re good. But now it’s like it’s Jesus’
time.

Let’s read vs. 6. Here it is. What do you say? Ha ha ha ha. We caught you. We have to stone her.
What do you say? Vs. 6. This is interesting. What do you say Jesus. It’s as if Jesus didn’t hear
them, and he stooped down on the ground and wrote on the ground. Now, I don’t know what
he wrote. I don’t think anybody really knows. Some say he wrote the Ten Commandments.
Maybe he wrote a psalm. Maybe he wrote their names. Maybe he wrote the name of the
woman. Maybe the name of the man. By the way, the man guilty of adultery is not in the
picture. Where did he go? Hey! All the woman, come on! Rise up and protest. Where’s the guy?
Where’s the guy? She didn’t do this alone. Where’s the guilty guy? Okay.

So, but maybe the timing is part of it. If you really want to know what Jesus thinks, you should
take time to listen to him. If we are humble and we want to know the real answer then let’s just
realize that it’s going to come, but it’s not going to be from pride. It will be from humility. God is
humble. God tells the truth. God will speak to our hearts and he’s preparing this because this is
about the heart. The woman is guilty. That’s part of it. There’s more. There’s all those people
that are there ready to stone her. Their hearts. Eugene’s heart. The living God is present.

Not Eugene’s god that says yes, she’s guilty. Stone her. But this is another God. The living God,
right? The real one.
Let’s read vs. 7. It looks like they asked again. Now, we have God in the picture. There’s two
parts to it. Her, them, the audience and her. Actually, there’s two parties guilty. The ones that
are willing to stone her, because their hearts are hard. There is no love. The meaning of the law
is love. The letter of the law would be to stone her. But God is also beyond the letter even
though the letter is respected, but there is the Spirit of God in this story.

The Spirit of forgiveness and grace and love. Vs. 7-8. More time, more heart searching. Maybe it was just his
presence that convicted him. Vs. 9. Second party is her. Vs. 10. I would say that I just think that
Jesus must have been relieved that no man condemned her, you know. He, the Spirit of God in
that event was so strong. There must have been an amazing work of grace and work of God. I
think of like atmosphere and the Spirit of God being so strong. Of course, one would throw a
stone. Of course. Worked up. Worked up in arrogance and whatever you want to call it, but
nobody did. Where are they? No man, Lord.

I remember I was very upset with somebody, and I was talking to myself looking out the
window where I was living. I remember just judging. Just judging somebody. I remember and
then I remember the story. Me who is if I am without sin, I can throw the stone. But I’m not. I
can’t throw the stone. I want to. Easily judge especially when they are guilty. It’s another thing
when you invent it in your mind that they are guilty. It’s another thing when they really are.
Come out of prison or they are very guilty. They will admit it and then you do not throw a
stone. You give grace. You love them.

God is the God of new beginnings, all the time. There’s always a new beginning with God. All
the time. Really. It says his mercies are new every morning. I said this recently. April 12 th – just
made up a day – let’s say 1859. That morning, the mercies were new. But what about today?
2023 or whatever date it is. October. How about today, were the mercies new? Were they
different from April 12, 1859? I believe so. I believe everything is new. Everything is different.
He’s the God of all grace and he gives mercy every morning. Great is his faithfulness. We are
not the same people.

The people that are living today have new mercy, new grace every morning. And when Jesus is
talking to the woman he is saying neither do I condemn you. My mercies are new this morning
or this afternoon. I am not here to judge you. I’m here to love you. I’m here to give you a new
beginning. I’m here to save you. I came into the world to die for you. I give you great grace that
you stand in it. You grow in it. You learn it. You use it. You use it. You have it in your heart. You
actually are gracious person. You’re a loving person. You’re a forgiving person. You give grace
and that’s a beautiful way of life.

Okay. So, let’s finish that story. Vs. 11. What do you think happened in her heart? What about
the people that went away? They dropped the stones, and they go away and then later, an hour
later, what ever happened to that woman? Oh, Jesus forgave her. How could he forgive sin,
right? In Mark 3. He has no right to do that. What happened to that woman we caught in
adultery brought before Jesus? He let her go. I don’t know. She lives on the other side of town
and she should be stoned. What’s happening with her? And if you saw her or met her she
would believe in not Eugene’s god – sorry! – she would believe in Him, the living God.

So, let’s say a couple things about pride and we’ll finish up here. No, let’s go to Psalm 124 and we’ll
finish up there. I think of Obadiah 1:3. Can we throw that up on the screen? Obadiah 1:3. I think
of Israel today with enemies around her. And we have the prophet Obadiah talking to the
Edomites who were proud, vs. 3. They lived up in the mountains in southeastern part of Israel.
That area on the east side of the Dead Sea. They were up in the mountains, and they felt
militarily you could not defeat them. Militarily they were impervious, couldn’t be invaded,
couldn’t be defeated, so they had pride in their heart.

Vs. 3. Armies and leaders and Napoleon said it. I forget what he said. He created circumstances.
Napoleon said – victories at the height of his power – he said I create the circumstances. I am in
charge. But he was brought down to an island. House arrest. Saddam Hussein in a spider cave,
in a little hole in the ground, brought down. Hitler brought down. Pride brings us down.

I have something to read here. I don’t want to lose you though. I think you are following me. I
want to finish up, but I’ll read it. It’s very interesting. It’s called The Great Sin. C. S. Lewis’s book,
“Mere Christianity.” It says “there is one vice in which no man in the world is free which
everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else and which hardly any people
except Christians ever imagine they are guilty of it. I’ve heard people admit that they are bad
tempered. They cannot keep their heads about girls or drink or even they are cowards. I do not
think I’ve ever heard anyone who is not a Christian accuse themselves of this vice.

And at the same time, I have very seldom ever met anyone who is not a Christian who showed
the slightest mercy to it in others. There’s no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no
fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. The more we have it in ourselves, the
more we dislike it in others. The vice I’m talking of is pride or self-conceit, and the virtue
opposite to it is in Christian morals called humility.”

Eugene is a good man, and his god is saying, Eugene, Eugene, you’re good. You’re doing it. He’s
proud. He has made – he’s religiously proud. But when you come to Jesus, and you say what do
you say? He goes down on the ground and he writes in the dirt and takes his time. Then when
he stands up, he goes to your heart, and you realize you are wrong. When you realize you are
wrong, it’s good. I need that cause I’m proud. I’m proud that I’m a good man. My god is saying
I’m a good man. I’m a good man and Jesus, who is he? He is nothing.

But when Jesus touches your heart, you go Jesus is everything and I’m nothing. I’m not that
important. I found Jesus. And Jesus brought humility in my heart. I get rid of this god. This god
doesn’t do anything for me. It just reinforces my arrogance or my blindness. He would love it to
just take me all the way to hell and self-righteousness and arrogance and judging people and
being that way. But when you have Jesus really, Jesus Christ in your life, he produces humility in
you and I by the grace of God.

If we have humility – you know, you might have a drinking problem, but if you have humility
God will give you greater grace, James 4:6. You might have other moral problems. This woman
had a moral problem. She had a moral problem. You and I have them, but when we find him
and humility comes into our hearts and we are worshippers of the real God, the true God, then
that’s when our lives change. They do. They change. We have authority with God because it
says in James 4:6, God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. And you go, where did
that thing go? It’s gone. Where did that bad habit go? It’s gone. How did that happen? I asked
Jesus what you think, he gave me a good answer that went into my heart, checked me and said,
Eugene. You’re not as great as you think you are. You’re filled with yourself. This woman needs
help.

What will you do to help her? What can you say? Can you give her grace? Eugene, who is your
god? Who is your god? You’re high and mighty in the mountains, but God said I’ll bring you
down. I’ll humble you. I’ll bring you down. And that’s what we all need as a way of life. If we
have any of it, we say thank you, Jesus. If I have any of your humility in my life, thank you.
Cause you will do really good with us because you kind of got us rightly related to the truth and
we welcome it.

Keep coming to church. Humbly read your Bible. Humbly love each other. And by the way in
closing, when you run into a problem here at the church, make sure you’re humble. And when
you’re humble, you go to the right people, or you don’t go to anybody and you express yourself
in humility. Hopefully, we will understand and help each other in our walk. But this is a room
full of human beings, and whenever you have human beings, you have problems. But we are
human beings with Jesus there, right? I’m really serious about it. What do you have to say? He
will help us. He will lead us and guide us. And we’ll work through our things and learn how to
talk, learn how to love, learn how to encourage. Okay. Let’s go. Amen.

 

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