Thoughts and questions, w. b. 12/7/20
Jesus is still at the Feast, and His enemies, or persecutors, are still not achieving what they wanted. They had sent temple guards to apprehend Him, but our reading begins with them returning empty-handed.
- What does deception, or being deceived, mean to you?
- Can you think of a time when you were deceived?
- What do you think the Chief Priests were referring to when they suggested that Jesus was deceiving people?
We came across Nicodemus back in John 3 when he went to speak to Jesus at night time. He was a believer as well as a Pharisee (John 7:50), but could not share his beliefs with others for fear of being dismissed.
- Have you ever been in a place where it would have been unwise to share your beliefs with others? Where and why?
- Do you have a persecuted Christian ‘hero’ from the past (or present) who has inspired you?
- Now, or at the end, spend some time praying for the persecuted Church.
It always amazes me when reading of this woman (John 8:3-11) that the man was not also caught and brought to public humiliation and judgement. It could be that he was bigger or quicker than whoever burst into the room, or that he played the ‘celebrity’ card and was quietly ushered away. Anyway, we will never know.
- Read the whole story. Which is the line that stands out for you?
- We are told twice that Jesus stooped down to write on the floor. What part does this play in the story?
- Why do you think Jesus answered the way that He did? – v7
- Jesus was without sin; she was a ‘sinner’. Why do you think Jesus did not condemn her? – v11
- How can we ensure that we are more like Jesus than the teachers of the law and the Pharisees?