This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (John 8 ) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: The apostle John focuses on certain events that no other gospel writer’s write about (the encounter with Nicodemus, the Samaritan womant at the well, the man born blind, raising of Lazarus) for the purpose of proving that Jesus is in fact the Son of God.
Jesus came to restore that which was lost. When He was confronted with a women caught in adultery, his purpose was restoration. Restoration of her relationship with God and to restore her to the purpose that God had placed her her on earth. The Pharisees who confronted Jesus with this situation only wanted to give out what they thought was the justice in the law. There was no real justice or compassion in their hearts. They didn’t care about this woman or what God wanted for her. Let’s peek into this conversation that took place…
Ask the children…
How did Jesus answer the Pharisees and their hard hearted desire to follow the law in stoning this woman?
“They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, ‘All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!’” (John 8:7)
When confronted with their own sin, the Pharisees and everyone else slunk away because they realized they were not worthy to judge. What did Jesus then say to the woman?
“And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I (judge you). Go and sin no more!'” (John 8:11)
Jesus spokes words of restoration to the woman. He didn’t condemn the woman and thereby opened the door to a renewed relationship with God. And in keeping with that restored relationship, he told her to obey her heavenly Father. The result of obedience would be the life that she always wanted and the one that her heavenly Father had designed her for. Now that is RESTORATION!
Ask your children if they need to be restored from disobeying God or if they know of someone caught in sin that needs to be restored? Ask them how they can go about it like Jesus did? What kind of restoration does this person need? Restoration of relationship to God? Restoration of their purpose here on earth? Begin by prayer for restoration and then ask God how you can participate in His restorative work.
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