He stooped down

john-8-6Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

11 She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:2-12

Our Bible study included the above passage today. One question asked us to list the characteristics of Jesus that we saw in this well known encounter with the woman caught in adultery. One characteristic that we call saw was Jesus’ compassion. One member was so blessed by how Jesus “stooped down” while everyone else was towering over this woman in judgement. One person stated that they did not seem to see the woman but only her sin.

Now listen, I realize that there are a thousand lessons in this passage. There is the opportunity for much ‘selah’ but for today, it is the stooping down that grabs my heart as well. This true story is the perfect illustration of what Jesus did for all of mankind. Philippians 2 describes it like this:

“…have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, He made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Absolutely amazing grace,  the ‘so love’ of God! The Holy, Righteous, Pure, and Perfect God, making Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, BEING MADE IN HUMAN LIKENESS. AND BEING FOUND IN APPEARANCE AS A MAN…yep, that’s a stoop down!

But that’s not all…Jesus stooped down even further when He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross. A stoop down that should cause every true believer to shout Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!  What love and compassion for the world, for you and for me! Hebrews 12 tells us, for the joy set before Him [Jesus] endured the cross, scorning its shame to bring many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10).

God stooping down to bring salvation to man!
Jesus said,  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord (John 10:18a).”

“9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

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14 thoughts on “He stooped down

  1. How awesome is our God that He would do that for us; the very people who sin against Him. THAT is love and compassion beyond anything I can imagine! Praise His Holy Name!!! 🙂

    Blessings to you this day.

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  2. Love it! I wrote a song a few years back called “God Stooped Down”. It’s still one of my favorites. Awesome message trhere, that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords would stoop down to save us! What a merciful God we serve.

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  3. Isn’t this simply marvelous?! Such is our God and Savior!

    We just want to wish you and yours a most blessed Christmas season and thank you for the opportunity to read your God-centered posts each day. This is what God wants all of His children to share with the world — even though we know all things are in God’s hands and He will bring His word to fruition in His time.

    Have a most blessed time sharing and caring.

    Margaret

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    1. Yes, so simply marvelous! What a Wonder our God is…so loving, compassionate, gracious, merciful…to look pass all our fault and see our need…and give Himself. How can we not bow before Him in worship with every aspect of our lives!
      We send blessings and thanks to you and yours as well. I look forward to your blog every day for I know there will be a solid Word there. Thank you for allowing God to speak to and thru you! He is using you to impact the lives of many…I bless you for being an instrument of His righteousness! Be blessed in this focused season of worship! “Behold I come quickly…even so come, Lord Jesus!”

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  4. I want to wish you a wonderful season of love and joy centered around Christ, not only at Christmas, but all through the year! He did humble Himself, (the King, a servant), to all mankind, even to death on a cross. “By His stripes, we are healed!” Thanks for sharing this…

    Steve

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    1. Blessings today…YES, to the Great God, I AM THAT I AM be all glory, praise, and thanks for sending His Son, each and every day! May we faithful to worship Him every day, moment of our lives. Thank you for service to God and man as you allow Him to use you to encourage us in His Word! Enjoy your family and you rejoice in Jesus during this special season. Blessings to you and upon ya!

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