FRIDAY, JULY 16
Scripture: John 8:1-11, Revelation 2:20-22
In John 8:1-11 we find a woman caught in adultery being condemned by Pharisees. She was caught in the very act. Jesus made a point of writing on the ground with His finger as though He did not hear. After all the accusations He said, “’He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’” As He stooped down and continued to write on the ground, conviction of the Spirit came on each one, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest. This is a classic example of Jesus being a Priestly Savior. In Revelation 2:20-22 we see Jesus acting as a King. Because once ascended, He becomes the Judge of all the Earth. He acts as a King when he says, “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.” As a Judge, Jesus has a standard of righteousness which must be embraced. When that standard of righteousness is violated, then there are consequences. The Judge outlines those consequences for people and calls them to turn in order that they can fulfill His will in the earth. A refusal to turn guarantees the consequences, whether individually, corporately or nationally. Sin has a payday. And the Kingly ministry is to make that fact known to people in the hopes that they will turn and save themselves. Failing to stand in the Kingly office does a tremendous disservice to individuals and ultimately to a nation. The church has represented Jesus’ priestly ministry to the extreme so that no one sees God as a Judge. The utter absence of any fear of God testifies against us for watering down the gospel! Recovery takes time!