The deadly wound is almost healed. The world is wondering after the beast as multitudes gather at the National Mall in Washington D.C for an epic Ecumenical movement called “Together 2016”. Catholics and Evangelicals alike are called to come together for a supernatural catalytic change.
Jesus gave a short parable of a barren fig tree. A tree that was given one last chance. Aside from the aspect of judgment, it also gives us a glimpse of how God works with us. He understands our uniqueness and situations, that one way does not work for all people.
A young woman is brought to Jesus, a victim of the exploitation of the Pharisees. She will be a tool to try and bring Jesus down. Either He’s just or gracious. Choose either one and He’s done for. Jesus finds a way to be both. Gracious to this adulterous woman, and just by condemning himself for her sin. Grace Wins!
A woman who has many things stacked against her, does not let that come in between her claiming her faith in Jesus. Although seemingly ignored by Jesus and rejected by the disciple and then an apparent insult by Jesus, her faith win in spit of all these obstacles.
God created a perfect world, and through the entrance of sin, it became a battlefield. Humanity has tried to gain victory, but we always come up short. That’s why in Revelation 5, John weeps because no one is found worthy. This sermon looks at different life stories and how our best and brightest have come up just a little bit short but ultimately are disqualified. But there is one person, he did win: Jesus.