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A Bruised Reed
By Pastor John

Matthew 12:20
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.

If you go to a field of reeds you will occasionally see a bruised reed. They are stepped on by animals and broken by the wind. When people see these reeds, they easily break them. Also, in the olden days, when a lamp ran out of oil, it began smoldering and dimmed, and then people would usually snuff out the wick. But it is shown here that Jesus, the light of life, will not judge those who are like a bruised reed and a smoldering wick. He will care for them forever. This is so impressive.

John 8:3-11
3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

Let break this down into sections
3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

They could have stoned her on the spot, but why did they drag this woman to Jesus? They wanted to accuse Jesus by using this question as a trap. If Jesus said not to stone her, they would say, "You are not from God, since you don't keep the law of Moses." But if Jesus said to stone her, then they would say to Him, "You are a heartless person. How can you claim that you are the Savior if you have no mercy?"

They cast a question to accuse Jesus. "Now what do you say?"

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger (v.6).
Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger. People around Him read what He wrote. The Bible doesn't tell us anything about what was written on the ground. Maybe He wrote other laws like, 'Do not murder, honor your father and your mother, etc.' Besides adultery, there were many laws which could condemn a person to death if the laws were not obeyed.

7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.

Again Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground. Maybe this time he wrote the names of people who were standing there. Not only their names but also their sinful deeds were written. Everybody's hidden sins may have been revealed, which meant they could be stoned. As His finger was moving, their eyes observed their name on the ground. I've sinned and must be stoned. Nobody knew about my sin until now, except me. How could Jesus know these things? As soon as their sins were revealed, they left their stones. They began to go away.

10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."

Jesus not only saves her from stoning, He saves her from her sin.  He gives her faith to believe. 

He speaks that word to her, that Rhema, which gives her faith.  "Go now and leave your life of sin."

Jesus sent her away with forgiveness and blessing. He didn't say that the adultery was all right. But He didn't condemn her. He didn't stone her. He let her go and told her to leave her life of sin. She was a wounded, bruised reed. Instead of breaking this reed, Jesus protected it and gave life to it.

Romans 3:10-12
10 As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."

These days we condemn our neighbors so easily. Jesus came to this world not to condemn us but to forgive, love, and save us. The reason why He came is to save people and let them live. Not to condemn and not to kill us, Christ came to save us. Therefore, the love of Jesus calls our attention. How grateful must the woman be? According to the Law, she must die. She thought she would be dead. But in a critical situation, Jesus saved her life. Through the strength of humankind, we could not save her, but the wonderful love of God through Jesus, appeared and saved her.

Just like on that day, our Lord doesn't want to condemn us today. Our Lord wants to give us a chance. He wants us to live. After all, He wants us to overcome sin through His blood and the help of the Holy Spirit and let us live a wonderful life.

We are all sinners, but God called us, chose us, and made us recognize through the Holy Spirit that we are sinners. He helps us to repent of our sin. He forgives us by the blood of Jesus. Through Him we are born again. This is not done by us but by God.

A long time ago, God had already chosen us. If God did not choose us, we would have no chance to know Him. If Jesus did not shed His blood for us, our sins could not be washed away. The Holy Spirit came to us and provided for us to be born again. He opened up our eyes and let us see the spiritual world. God did all these things. We did not do anything. We were just led by God. If we obey Him, it means we're following Him. By God's grace, we've received this great blessing! All by His grace, we have nothing to boast about in ourselves. Jesus meets us and speaks to our hearts, Just as he did with this adulterous woman

No doubt there are some bruised reeds and smoldering wicks here.  Based on the sin in your life, you are facing death and eternal punishment in Hell. But Jesus wants to save you.  He wants to forgive you, to make you a new creature in Him. He wants to set you free from your sin and give you a new life in Him.

Don't worry that God is not interested in a person like you, wounded, sinful, and hopeless. On the contrary, God loves us. He sent Jesus to save sinners like us. We seem worthless, but Jesus shed His precious blood for us. He paid an expensive penalty. We are not that worthy. In order to save us, God sent His Son and let Him shed His blood. This is the love of God. This is the story we heard and were moved by. If He didn't love us, there's no reason for Him to do that. At this price, God purchased you and me. Therefore, by this wonderful grace of God we are touched.
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