This was my jail study this last week, with seven women. This is Jesus. Really, to know Him is to love Him. Some have heard this in different shapes and forms, but need to hear it again and again until it sinks in. Others haven’t heard it before. One gal was getting sentenced this last week to a possible 20 years (she got 25). Jesus changed her in front of our eyes over these last three years of her being in and out, especially in the last six months. God still works miracles, the biggest being in changing lives!
John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He sent His only son, Jesus, that whoever would believe Him will not perish but have everlasting life. God loves us and Jesus gave His life for us so that we won’t have to spend eternity in Hell because of our sin.
John 11:5 and Luke 19:5. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus…Jesus looked up at the tree and said, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down for I must stay at your house today.’ Jesus knows us by name, and He loves us. He doesn’t just love the world generically, but specifically. He knows us by name, even the number of hairs on our head. Psalm 139:4 says that before a word is on our tongues He knows it completely.
John 8:1-8. That’s the account of the woman caught in adultery. When Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees, “Let him who is without sin be the one to throw the first stone,” and they left oldest to youngest, she looked up and saw just Jesus. He asked, “Where are the ones who condemn you? Who’s left?” “No one,” was her response. “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” Jesus doesn’t condemn them when they come to Him; He wants them to be set free from their bondages.
- One gal was caught up in an interesting thought about how Jesus was a part of making the law, but yet let her break the law. Jesus really was the fulfillment of the law. He was the law. He was loving, kind, merciful and just, which was what the law was really aimed at. The Pharisees kept the law, but weren’t any of those things. So they really didn’t keep the law. Maybe that’s why Jesus kept healing on the Sabbath, to poke holes in their broken system. In Romans 8:3-4 it says that God sent Jesus to do what the law couldn’t do in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us. Bottom line: Meet Jesus, look into His loving eyes and turn from your sin.
John 4. The woman at the well. Here’s the outcast of the outcasts at the well at noon. And Jesus talks with her, asking for water and telling her about living water so she wouldn’t have to thirst anymore. “I want that water!” “Okay, go get your husband.” “I don’t have one.” “I know. You’ve had five, and the guy you’re with now isn’t one of them.” Jesus knows our backstory and He still likes us. He knows what it is that we’re trying to fill the hole in our heart with. Everyone has a hole in their heart that God put there so we would long for Him. It has to filled with Him, otherwise it’s still a hole that needs to be filled. Some people try to fill it with guys, others with drugs, others with shopping, others with food…
- The other interesting discussion...What are you trying to fill your hole with? Why don’t you fill it with Jesus? We all have holes. Andy Warhol is the guy that said “Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame.” That’s why people will go on ‘American Idol’ even when they’re really bad, or do whatever do get noticed. There’s a verse in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that says ‘that God has set eternity in our hearts.’ The Oscar Meyer Wiener song illustrates it: “Cause if I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener, everyone would be in love with me…” Why would it matter for everyone would be in love with them? Because God put that hole there for it to be filled by Him.
Final verses: Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”