February 29, 2012

Writing In the Sand

John 8:1-12

"This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not." (verse 6)

Jesus came to the earth to rescue men from sin, to set the captives free and to show us how to live according to God's way. I could quote many Scriptures to support these statements. Instead, today I challenge you to read the entire Gospel of John and read for yourself about the miraculous, the poignant, the beauty, the majesty and the admonishments that Christ taught and lived by. The Word of God does not lie. It is true today and it was about 2,000 years ago because the One who preached and spoke about it is still alive todayl. His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He's the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8).

Consider the anecdote below as it relates to forgiveness, friend.

Two friends walked through the desert. They were tired, thirsty, and hungry as they had not eaten for several days.

During some point of the journey they had an argument. There was yelling, fingerpointing, and shoving. One friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, and walked away. Without saying anything, he wrote in the sand:


Without saying another word to one another, they kept on walking until they found an oasis and shouted with joy. They decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the sandy mud and started to sink. The more he struggled to get out, the more he sank until he began to drown. His friend snapped a branch off a tree and had him grab it and pulled him to safety. After he recovered from the near drowning, The one who had been slapped wrote on a stone:


The one who had saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"

The other friend replied: "When someone hurts me, I write it down in sand so that the winds of forgiveness will erase it away. When someone does something good for me, I engrave it in stone, where no wind can ever erase it."

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your blessing in stone. Be slow to get angry and quick to forgive. As you've been forgiven your sins, so forgive others in the same way.

When you surrender your life to Jesus, His blood will take away your sins much like the wind will erase the offense written in sand. Romans 10:9 states, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Friend, all you have to do is take the 2nd step and ask for forgiveness. Jesus Christ already took the first step at Calvary. What are you waiting for?

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