Jesus the Healer

Luke 10:25-37
Jesus the Healer
Rob Covell

Introduction –
In this session we are going to look at the importance of knowing the Goodness of God, the Mercy of God and the Love of God. These are the foundations of the Revival message, the culture of Revival, and the Reformation the Lord wants to bring thru the Refuge.

As a Community committed to revival culture, we need to give ourselves to the pursuit of the heart of God. It is from the place of personal revelation that we become awestruck with Him and become confident in His love for us and others. We are going to see these things in the Parable of the Merciful Samaritan, and build the hunger for the passionate pursuit of Jesus, that compels us to minister in power and love.

Luke 10:25
a) The expert in the Law seeks to test Jesus – The word in the Greek means to test thoroughly, put to the test, or test the character of God. It is ironic that a man who assumes to be the keeper and interpreter of the Law tests Jesus, God in the flesh.
b) The religious spirit often assumes to be the expert of the Law or the Word and makes claims of superiority in terms of interpretation and theology, and puts others to the test.
c) Eternal Life – The expert in the Law was asking for AIONIOS ZOE – Life that has no beginning or end – life that will always be.

Luke 10:26-27
a) Teacher – DIASKALOS – Greek – for teacher or one who thinks to be a teacher. The expert of the Law did not use Rabbi. There is a hint of dishonor in addressing Jesus as Teacher and not Rabbi in the context of their culture.
b) Jesus answers the test with another test. What is written on the Law? How do you read it?
c) The Law of God is first focused on the nature and character of God. Then as one is illuminated by the nature and character of God, he becomes humble and other focused. Galatians 5:14 – For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” – 1 Timothy 1:8-9 – But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane……
Luke 10:28-29
a) The expert in the Law wanted to prove that he was righteous and validate his identity as an expert in the Law. The one who follows Jesus in humility never needs to prove his ministry, or make his ministry his identity. Our identities and righteousness are imparted to us by grace from the Lord.
b) Neighbor – PLESION – Friend – any other person, and where two are concerned, the other (thy fellow man, thy neighbor), according to the Jews, any member of the Hebrew nation and commonwealth – according to Christ, any other man irrespective of nation or religion with whom we live or whom we chance to meet – Jesus always elevates the standard in regards to the Law, because He is the perfect Law Keeper and the Living Torah who knows the heart of the Father.
c) Jesus is about to change the paradigm of who is a neighbor – It only takes one encounter with Jesus to change a paradigm.

Luke 10:30
a) Jerusalem to Jericho – Symbolism – Jerusalem is the city of God or the place where God puts His Name. Jericho is a symbol of the dwelling of the ungodly. It was the first city destroyed supernaturally by Joshua and cursed by Joshua. What we have here is a picture of one leaving the dwelling place of God to go to a godless place. When we choose to leave the safety of God’s presence in our lives we move to a very vulnerable place open to attack.
b) Robbers – LESTES – Greek – plunderer, freebooter, brigand – The robbers are symbolic of the devil and his hordes who plunder and harm people.
c) The man lost his clothes – Symbolic of being stripped of covering and shamed by the enemy. Mankind has lost the covering of Eden, and is exposed the harm of satan and the effects of the corruption of the world.
d) To be beaten – The man was beaten badly and left to the point of death – Jesus said the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. We have a clear picture of the assignment of the enemy towards all people. He strips them of identity as God’s Children, beats them with shame and sin, and leaves them for death.

Luke 10:31
a) Priest – Greek – HIEREUS – one who is busied by sacred rites and service. This man is an allegorical example of the religious person who is too busy with religion or the tasks of the ministry to care about others.
b) For a priest to touch a dead body was to become ceremonially unclean. The priest did not want to touch the man in order to not be made unfit to serve in the Temple.
c) Jesus touches the unclean, heals them and loves them.
Luke 10:32
a) Levite – one who is from the tribe of Levi, but not of the sons of Aaron. These men served in the Temple maintenance and care, or the work of the Temple.
b) The Levite is symbolic of the religious laity who are too busy to minister to the hurting and spiritually dead. He did not want to become ceremonially unclean as well.

Luke 10:33
a) The Samaritan was considered a half breed, and not a part of Israel, as they were descended from the unfaithful Northern tribes of Israel who were lead away captive by the Assyrians. The book of 2 Kings tells the history in detail.
b) The Samaritans were considered separated from Israel, and illegitimate sons of Abraham. As of the census of 2012 in Israel, there are 751 Samaritans. The Israeli Department of the Interior to his day does not officially recognize intermarriage between a Samaritan and a Jew. This separation still exists today.
c) Jesus uses the Samaritan, the most unlikely to show mercy and kindness to a Jewish person, as the example of one who is the good neighbor. In a sense Jesus is using the parable of the Samaritan as an allegory of Himself. The experts of the Law, Pharisees and the Sadducees, did not regard Jesus as the legitimate Messiah and the Promise of Abraham.
d) Jesus always has mercy for everyone.

Luke 10:34-35
a) Just as the Samaritan bandaged the wounds, Jesus bandages our wounds and cares for them and brings healing.
b) The oil – symbolic of the Holy Spirit anointing that brings life to us, and gives us the oil of gladness and joy.
c) Wine – a disinfectant in the natural – A symbol of the cleansing of the Holy Spirit and the process of the sanctification of the believer.
d) Donkey – the burden bearer – Jesus offers us His yoke that easy and light, and gives us rest. Jesus takes to the rooms of revelation, illumination and peace so that we heal and walk in eternal life.
e) The Samaritan paid the price for the healing – Jesus paid the price for the healing of all those who would come to Him. Isaiah 53 tells that Jesus heals the whole man, by His wounds. Jesus death on a cross and resurrection from the dead paid the price for our sin and released life to us. The man who had been robbed had no means of paying for his healing. We too are bankrupt have no means to pay a debt to God. This is a shocking revelation of grace and the goodness of God towards all people.
Luke 10:36-37
a) The expert in the Law was schooled!
b) This parable teaches us that the heart of the Father is goodness, mercy and healing.
c) This parable teaches us that we are conduits of goodness, mercy and healing. We reflect the nature and character of God when we minister in kindness, love, mercy and healing. A revival culture is marked by its ability to represent the heart of the Father, the power of Jesus and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

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Goodwill Towards Men

Goodwill towards Men
1 John 1:1-10
Rob Covell

Introduction –
Beloved my prayer this morning for us is that we transcend the typical Christmas presentations, cultural traditions, and knee deep spiritual understandings of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and begin to see the immeasurable goodness of God in giving the Son to the world. This morning we are going to step into a realm of revelation concerning the Man, Jesus Christ, the supreme love and benevolence of the Father, and the Kingdom of God. This is a Christmas proclamation that will ignite your faith, passion and love for God, and release confidence in God’s love for you.

All of our faith history is born from the promise of Messiah, His sacrifice for sin, and His Kingdom on earth. The Father giving the Son to humanity is so much more than a manger, wise men, shepherds and angels. The coming of Christ in the flesh is no less than an invasion of the Kingdom of God, the destruction of the dominion of the devil, and a freed humanity living under a supernatural reality that demonstrates that truth.

1 John 1:1
a) Context – The Apostle John – Circa AD 96-99 – John wrote this very intimate letter to the Ephesian Church and the surrounding local area. The early church father Papias, who was a protégé of John and Polycarp, verified John to be author as he was an eyewitness to John and his teaching. .
b) This Epistle is an encouragement to the church in Ephesus, as they were being challenged by false teachers who were attacking the identity of Jesus Christ as God in the flesh, they were being taught that purity of soul was not necessary for fellowship with God, and lastly John was teaching them how to discern truth by the Holy Spirit teaching them.
c) John gives tells the Christmas story from the very first verse. That God became flesh, and that he touched the Life, Jesus Christ, that He saw Emmanuel, looked at Emmanuel, and proclaimed Emmanuel. Beloved have you touched Jesus and heard His word, and proclaimed His heart?
d) Word of Life – Greek LOGOS ZOE – The Word of God in flesh and the Life – That which makes one animate, and the fullness of life in every aspect.
e) This is the essence of Christmas. That the Father gave the Son to the world to give life. Jesus being the very Word of God gave life to world by His words.

1 John 1:2-4
a) The Life appeared – Greek – PHANEROO – to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way
b) This is the Mystery of the Gospel – The spiritual expression of the Kingdom of God was a mystery or hidden concept to the common expectation of the coming of Messiah in the First Century. The common expectation was the Messiah would be military/political leader who would restore Israel. Even John the Baptist asked whether Jesus was the One, and Jesus answered that blessed is the one who is not offended at the expression of His ministry.
c) Politics, religion and power are all fruits of broken systems ruled by an inferior dominion of darkness. The root cause is the resident evil in mankind exploited by the satanic realm, and the corruption released into the world through the Fall. It makes sense that the manifestation or mystery revealed would be the redemption of the soul, as all evil originates in the hearts of individuals.
d) Fellowship with each other, and with the Father and the Son. Greek – KOINONIA – fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse – This is nothing less than an intimate friendship with the Godhead. This one thing is the driving force of the Father to give the Son Jesus Christ as a gift to world. It is the way back to Eden, where mankind walked with God in the cool of the day.
e) Fellowship with God makes our joy complete. Greek – CHARA PLEROO – Gladness and joy to the fullest extent. To be filled up with gladness and joy. This expression is beyond simple happiness, it is exuberant joy and gladness by being satisfied in God. Christianity is much more satisfying than most of us are presenting it to be. It was John’s intention in writing to the Ephesians that the truth contained in the Mystery of Christ would give joy to the one who receives it.

1 John 1:5
a) God is light and there is no darkness in Him – There is no evil in the heart of God. The word for darkness in Greek – SKOTIA – it means to be dark for want of light, or a metaphor to be darkened by wickedness. It is the greatest lie of the enemy to impute cruelty, evil, stinginess, and sternness to the Father. It is a lie that Father makes people ill, or punishes them cruelly, or does injustice to people. God is good to His very eternal essence. It is His character to be good, and generous. He gave His Son for us.

1 John 1:6-7
a) John writes this to refute those who use grace as a license for sin. This teaching was one of the hallmarks of proto-Gnosticism, they denied Jesus Christ came in the flesh, that the physical body is immoral and corrupt, that the spiritual was pure, and because of the contrast between the flesh and the spirit, immorality was acceptable based on the corruption of the man.
b) This type of doctrine denies the incarnation of Jesus, denies the overcoming of sin and the perseverance of the saint, and robs the Holy Spirit of process of sanctification as well as robs the Church of her purity as the Bride of Christ.
c) It is better said that the blood of Jesus purifies from all sin and begins a process in us of overcoming, and persevering thru temptations, trials and persecutions. Greek – KATHARIZO – to make clean, to cleanse – in a spiritual sense – free from defilement, sin, and faults – to purify from wickedness, free from guilt, to be consecrated, and to be made pure.
d) True fellowship follows purity. We do not hurt our neighbor or rob each other when we have fellowship with the Lord. We act like Him towards others because we have His heart. We are capable of supernatural love when we are in fellowship with God.

1 John 1:8
a) John warns the Ephesian church that we cannot go the other way and claim we have no sin. There are always areas of refinement and sanctification throughout our lives as we walk with God. Sin – Greek – HAMARTIA – to err, to miss the mark, to be mistaken, to wander from the path of righteousness, to wander from the ways of God’s Law.
b) There are always extremes in people under the influence of a religious spirit. One extreme says it is OK to sin because of grace, the other extreme claims a sinless state because they adhere to a construct of religious rules. Both deny the sacrifice of Christ and cheapen His blood.
c) The religious deception keeps us from seeing our real state of being dependent on the Holy Spirit to guide us, correct us, teach us, comfort us, and sanctify us.

1 John 1:9-10
a) Confession – Greek – HOMOLOGEO – to say the same thing as another – to agree with – Confession to God is simply the agreement with what He says about a thing.
b) To be forgiven – APHIEMI – to send away, to be divorced from, to go away from
c) This is the glory of God sending the Son to humanity, for the reconciliation of people to Himself. This is the Christmas message in its truest form and demonstrates the totality of grace and goodness that is in the heart of the Father towards us.
d) Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil – 1 John 3:8 – forgiveness destroys the work of the devil in the souls of people, and frees us from that grip. The forgiveness of God is the door into the Kingdom of God, and His rule and reign.

A Beautiful Thing

Mark 14:1-9
A Beautiful Thing
Rob Covell

Introduction –
As a Faith Community we have entered a season of increased encounters with God, and an increase in spiritual gifts, healing, and revelation. In my estimation, we are learning to live in the midst of a revival culture by giving ourselves to “a beautiful thing”; worshiping Jesus Christ radically. That is what Jesus said when He defended Mary of Bethany from those who rebuked her and saw her worship as a waste. Beloved, there is no waste in worshiping Jesus, but gain, glory, honor and freedom.

The religious spirit is even defeated by authentic worship because it exposes the true motives of the heart. Mary’s waste revealed Judas’ heart, and even though he rebuked her harshly, Jesus defended her. An atmosphere of freedom may be rebuked, but is defended by the One who we worship. Authentic free worship fuels revival culture, releases revelation, defeats the spirit of religion, and is defended by the Bridegroom. As a Community our breakthroughs originate in giving ourselves to Jesus.

Mark 14:1-2

a) The Sanhedrin plotted to kill Jesus and birthed an agenda to slay their Messiah. We know from the gospels that Jesus was slain during the Passover Feast, and the situations surrounding Jesus death transcended the plans of these men. Jesus’ destiny was never determined by plans of men, but by the Father.
b) Jesus was no victim – The circumstances of Jesus death on a cross was decided from the foundation of the world, from eternity. Jesus submitted to the Father, and became our Passover Lamb at the Feast of Passover.
c) As the blood over the door of the Israelites delivered them from death of their firstborn, the blood of God’s first born over the door of our hearts delivers us from death.
d) During the Passover Feast, Jesus did not stay the night in Jerusalem, but in Bethany, and on the Mount of Olives. The Jewish religious leaders had rejected Him, and Jesus prophesied their destruction and the destruction Temple and as a prophetic act stayed with those who loved Him.
e) Jesus stays close to those who accept Him. He rejects religion but honors relationship.

Mark 14:3
a) Bethany – 2 miles from Jerusalem, close to the Mount of Olives. Its name Bethany means House of Misery – The allegory here, is that Jesus is in the midst of the places of misery and depression, and comes close to those who are brokenhearted. Jesus was also the Suffering Servant prophesied by Isaiah.
b) Jesus embraced the House of Misery to deliver us from it.
c) Simon the Leper – Jesus touched the unclean – Simon was probably not leprous at this point, but had formerly been leprous. Jesus had probably healed him. That is the reason for the occasion.
d) The Apostle John identifies this woman was Mary of Bethany, sister to Mary and sister of Lazarus. Johns’ Gospel tells us that the alabaster jar was about .5 liters. This was probably her inheritance and was to be reserved for her wedding.
e) Mary was offering her future, and giving Jesus everything she had to offer. This was an extravagant act of worship, and it proved Mary’s love for the Savior. Jesus Had raised her brother from the dead and He was truly the resurrection and the life to her. This offering of worship and adoration came from a heart of thankfulness, humility and authentic relationship with Jesus.
f) Pure Nard – This perfume was exquisite and an intimate gift. It was worth a year’s wages. The plant is from India in area of the Himalayas, was considered a very luxurious ointment in ancient and medieval times. It was used in making incense for the Temple as well.
g) Alabaster Jar or Box – Alabaster is cream white and translucent. It was commonly used a metaphor for describing someone’s character in terms of purity. Alabaster in that era was also used to adorn burial monuments and coffins. The allegory we see here is that Jesus the pure and white Lamb, was placed in tomb and from the tomb the sweetness of life came out. Jesus broke out of the tomb.

Mark 14:4-5
a) John identifies the accuser as Judas Iscariot – The traitor whom satan filled and betrayed Jesus to the Jewish rulers.
b) Judas is a picture of the spirit of religion and those with agendas to suit their own purposes.
c) The spirit of religion hates radical, authentic worship and criticizes those who worship in abandonment to God. Religion hates freedom, and is too caught up in a form of religion to allow anyone who does not conform to the model to be legitimized. The spirit of religion rebukes harshly. Godly rebukes always have restoration in view. Religious rebukes take away expression from an individual.
d) Judas served his own agenda and not God’s. The spirit of religion is married to agendas. Judas was described as a political follower of Jesus. There was a movement in Judaism at that time that believed that Messiah would be a political figure that would deliver the nation from Roman occupation. Judas was part of that movement. He became a disciple of Jesus with an agenda in mind from the very beginning.
e) The good news is that the spirit of religion and those with agendas have never prospered. Absalom was hung in a tree as well as Judas. The Reformation defeated the spirit of religion, and opened a way back to the apostolic faith expression of the early church fathers. Gifts of the Holy Spirit were recovered, the Bible is available in almost all known languages, and Christianity is experiencing a renaissance of theology and expression in spirit and in truth.

Mark 14:6
a) Jesus defends His own. Mary of Bethany did not engage her accuser, but Jesus did. He was her mediator and He is our mediator.
b) The authoritative voice of the Lord – leave her alone
c) The question – Why are you bothering her? – Questions from the Lord uncover motives of the heart. Judas was a thief and his heart is being exposed by a question. This could have been a learning moment.
d) She has done a beautiful thing – Jesus recognizes the true sacrifice of weak people and calls it beautiful.

Mark 14:7-8
a) Jesus honors intimacy and relationship over service. There is a ton of ministry to be done around us, and most of it we can do without any anointing or relationship with God.
b) Jesus does not discourage ministry, but uses this situation to defend a lover of God, encourage relationship with Himself, and highlight the fact that He had been telling the disciples He was going to die on a cross.
c) Mary did what she could – Even the most seemingly insignificant acts of honor, sacrifice and love for God, are seen by Him and accepted and loved. Mary had no authority in the context of her culture. But she did what she could and what all of us can do, express faith and worship God; and from that place we receive significance and honor before God and men.

Mark 14:8-9
a) Those who walk in relationship do not lack revelation. The disciples could not see the shadow of the cross looming on the horizon, but Mary could because she sat at Jesus’ feet. The things she heard were certainly not taken away.
b) Jesus gave her honor that will endure the entirety of the church age, because she heard His heart and offered an extravagant act of worship to Jesus Christ.
c) Beloved, our acts of radical worship are remembered in the eternity of the heart of God. He knows your life stories, He wrote them, and gave them life, and gave His Son for them.

Arise

Arise
John 11:1-44
Rob Covell

Introduction –
In this Session we are going to look at the greatest revelation of Jesus as God in the flesh in all of the gospels. Tonight we will be in John 11, and we will be looking at Lazarus being raised from the dead. Jesus speaks the most powerful I am statement, when He says He is the resurrection and the life. The corresponding book of the New Testament that brings this revelation into plain view is Paul’s letter to the Colossians.

Augustine the early church father said this about the resurrection of Lazarus; “”The one sick, the others sad, all of them beloved: but He who loved them was both the Savior of the sick, nay more, the Raiser of the dead and the Comforter of the sad”. Tonight we will see Jesus in all of His glory as Victor over sickness and death, and the One who weeps with those who weep, and comforts them in their pain.

Beloved, revival cultures are committed to presenting Jesus in power and mercy.

John 11:1-3
a) Context – Jesus was at the place where John was baptizing early in his ministry. Jesus was no longer ministering in the open, but was in the stage of His quiet ministry. People were coming to Him. This place is mentioned in John 3:23 Aenon, located on the West side of the Jordan River. Martha and Mary sent messengers to Jesus there, that Lazarus was sick. Greek – ASTHENEO – feeble, weak, powerless, needy and poor.
b) Lazarus – Is a variant name of Eleazer, which means God Helps.
c) Bethany – means House of Misery – located about 2mi from Jerusalem at the base of the Mt. Of Olives.
d) Mary is identified by John. Mary of Bethany, the one who sat at Jesus’ feet. She is the one who knew the one needful thing, of hearing Jesus, and being moved by His words.
e) This is right before the Passover feast. Our verses begin the transition from people coming to Jesus to Jesus going to Jerusalem to demonstrate the greatest act of love. The redemption of the world, by His blood.

John 11:4-6
a) Lazarus’ sickness will not end in death – THANATOS – Greek – the separation of the soul from the body, ending life on earth.
b) Jesus’ words are life and what He speaks; He speaks only what He hears from the Father. Jesus’ words carry all of the authority of heaven. God’s word will not return void. Jesus declares Lazarus will live.
c) The Lord does not give sickness to glorify Himself. Many have used this verse as an apologetic for that kind of thought. However, the text teaches us that Jesus words have power even when the situation seems hopeless.
d) The Father and the Son are glorified by the coming miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead. The Lord can have victory over any situation. He is that good.
e) Jesus loved them. Greek – AGAPAO – to love dearly, to be well pleased with, to be contented with. Jesus loves all of His own.
f) On the third day Jesus departed to Bethany. The third day is symbolic of God restoring what is lost, bring to fruition what has been waited for, the day of breakthrough and the day where impossibilities are made possible by God, 3 is one of the Divine numbers like 7, 10, and 12. The number of the Holy Spirit.

John 11:11-13
a) Fallen asleep – Sleep is a Judeo-Christian metaphor for the state of death in regards to the Body. Job 7:21, Daniel 12:2, 1 Cor 15:51, 1 The 4:14, 1 The 5:10 – 1 Corinthians 15, describes death as an intermediate state for the body, waiting for the transformation of glory.
b) The soul and spirit are still conscious after death. Jesus teaches us this in Luke 16:20-25. The other New Testament verses that confirm this are 2 Cor 5:8, Rev 6:9
c) Wake him up – EXYPNIZO – verb which means to awaken – Jesus is the One who awakens the dead. It is wonderful and comforting to know that though the body is corrupted by death, the soul and spirit are alive in bliss, and the body is resting from the curse of Adam waiting for the restoration of all things.

John 11:17-20
a) In First Century Jewish culture, being dead for more than 3 days was considered to beyond the possibility of the soul returning to the body. That is why John points this out in his gospel.
b) Lazarus must have been a righteous man, as many came to mourn his death.
c) Martha – presented to as a person of action, who one is busied, and one who serves. Jesus loved Martha, even when she traded busyness, for intimacy when she criticized Mary for sitting at Jesus’ feet. All of us have been in this position at one time or another. But Jesus still loves us! Martha goes to Jesus because she is a person of action.

John 11:21-24
a) In her brokenness and pain over the death of her brother, she goes to Jesus, and says “if you had been here”. I am imagining she came to Jesus in a spirit of disappointment.
b) Jesus answers her with a common saying of that culture. In their culture, those who mourned were comforted by the common saying, “your loved one will rise again.”

John 11:25-27
a) Jesus answers he again with an “I am”! Jesus was clearly presenting Himself as Divine in His statement to Martha.
b) Resurrection – ANASTASIS – Greek – a rising from the dead – Jesus is saying the resurrection is within Himself. He contains it in His nature.
c) Life – ZOE – That which makes one who is possessed of vitality and or is animate.
d) Martha’s answer does agree with Jesus. He did not ask her if He was Messiah. He asked her if she believed He was the One who could resurrect her brother.

John 11:28-35
a) Jesus asked for Mary after His encounter with Martha.
b) Mary fell at His feet. Notice the difference on posture between the sisters. Martha stood, and Mary fell down and wept.
c) Martha and Mary said the same things to Jesus, but their hearts are contrasted by their approaches to Jesus. Martha gets a theology lesson and Mary moves His heart.
d) Jesus was moved by Mary’s heart and wept. Jesus was weeping for her in the midst of her pain, and Jesus deeply moved in His spirit by the tragedy of our inheritance from Adam; death. Jesus weeps with us, and sympathizes with us when we are touched by the worst of circumstances.

John 11:38-40
a) Jesus does not fear the corruption of death, or the worst situations of life.
b) The faith action to open the miracle was the rolling away of the stone from the tomb. Oftentimes the miracles of God happen by faith actions that agree with His word.
c) Jesus encourages their faith

John 11:41-42
a) Jesus was revealing His identity as the Son of God in the plainest sense. Just before facing the cross, Jesus gives the nation of Israel the most powerful demonstration of the Him being the Messiah, and takes them to the valley of decision. There is no greater miracle that proves Jesus identity, than to raise Lazarus from the dead. This miracle was very intentional when we look at it in that sense.

John 11:43-44
a) Come out – EXO – Greek – come out of doors – Jesus delivered Lazarus from the door of death, and restored His life.
b) Lazarus was dressed in grave clothes according to Jewish burial customs. The body would have been washed, and wrapped from the neck to the feet, in strips of linen and spices of myrrh, oil, and aloes. There would have been a covering over the head.
c) Just as Jesus calls Lazarus from the tomb, and commands the grave clothes off, is symbolic of Jesus calling us out of death into life, and the removing our grave clothes of our broken identities and the covering curse of Adam. Let him go – Speaks of freedom!

Scandalous Grace

Scandalous G race
John 8:1-11
Rob Covell

Introduction –
In this Session we will look at the Scandalous Grace of the New Covenant. This section of Scripture, John 8 1:11 was purposely left out of some Greek manuscripts. In fact, some of your Bibles have these verses in brackets with a footnote, and the Westcott and Hort Greek text actually removes these verses and adds them at the end of the Gospel of John. The Church Father Augustine said that these verses were deleted because the forgiveness offered to the woman caught in adultery was too unbelievable, and that many in the early church did not want to condone adultery. Those who deliberately choose the method of scribal gloss completely misunderstood the New Covenant.

The reality is that Jesus perfectly represented the grace and forgiveness of the New Covenant. In Matthew 26:28, Jesus says that His blood was poured out for the forgiveness of sins. It is the glory of the New Covenant to forgive the unforgiveable, cover shame, and to release freedom from the past. Tonight we will see how powerful redemption can be, and how the religious spirit is defeated by grace.

Beloved, if all of the payment for sin was on Jesus Christ on the cross, and the New Covenant is a covenant of forgiveness, then we should be the most accepting, loving, forgiving, and free people on the face the earth. I am convinced tonight we will all grow in grace.
John 8:1-2
a) Jesus went to the Mount of Olives – Context – The Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot – Jesus was present at this festival, and this festival commemorated the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt and their being led by God in the wilderness for 40 years. We find it in Leviticus 23. The people would stay in booths for 8 days and the first and eighth days were special days of rest. In Jerusalem in Jesus time, the people celebrated with a water ceremony to thank God for sending His rain and a light ceremony where the whole Temple court of the women would have been illuminated to thank God for leading them by light in a pillar of fire, and giving them the Shekinah Glory. Jesus took these opportunities to announce He was the Living Water and He was the Light of the world. John 7-8
b) It was customary for a Rabbi to sit and teach while others gathered around him. Jesus, God in the flesh, came in humility, and served His people in meekness, love and grace. Phil 2
John 8:3-6
a) In John 7, there was a plot by the Sanhedrin and the Pharisees to arrest Jesus. These religious leaders were not interested in preserving the Law. Leviticus 20:10 was the Law being quoted here. However both parties were to be stoned to death. Their motivation was to accuse Jesus.
b) The religious spirit demands shaming those who have sinned, and uncovers people than rather than covering them. Imagine the humiliation and shame this woman felt. How about the fear of what might happen to her and the damage to her name?
c) The religious spirit brings accusation, shame, humiliation and fear. These are all motivations of the work of the enemy in the lives of people. The religious spirit does not care for the hearts people.
d) Jesus wrote on the ground – This is the first instance we ever find Jesus writing in the Gospels. It is interesting that the Living Torah did not write on scrolls, but wrote in the sands of the Temple courts. My opinion is that Jesus began to write their names and sins in the dirt.

John 8:7-8
a) Jesus is the exact representation of the Father’s heart. It says in John 1 that the Law came through Moses and grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. We see a contrast between the Law that demands an accounting and the New Covenant of forgiveness that Jesus gave.
b) Jesus answers them in a way that brings conviction unto life. Jesus did not uncover them, but by His answer allowed them to consider their own sin. When God brings conviction it is for redemptive purposes.
c) Jesus continues to ignore their demand for false justice, and exposes their hypocrisy. Again Jesus writes in the sand of the Temple courts, and each one of them disperses. I have the opinion that Jesus was writing the things they were accountable to the Law to. It says in Scripture that every sin is forgiven and removed from those seeking the forgiveness. It is fitting that Jesus wrote sins in the sand, which were easily erased by feet, or hands, wind or the movement of the crowd. And not recorded permanently.

John 8:9
a) The older ones go first. Age brings perspective and often tames passions. The younger ones followed the example of their leaders.
b) The woman who was being tormented by the crowd of accusers was left alone with the only One who was worthy to cast a stone. Jesus is the One who knew no sin, yet became sin for us. Colossians says that Jesus disarmed authorities and powers and triumphed over them by the cross. Jesus certainly disarmed these powers and authorities of the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees.
John 8:10-11
a) Jesus was relating to the woman in the light of the redemption of the cross. In John 3:17 it says that Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save it.
b) Jesus was demonstrating the whole intent and spirit of the New Covenant in this interaction. Jesus gave her freedom from accusation, condemnation, and from the consequences of her sin.
c) “Go now leave your life of sin” – Freedom gives us a choice, because we are no longer bound by the sins of the past.