Shock and Awe

John 8:2-11 (NKJV)

2     Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.

3     Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,

4     they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.

5     Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”

6     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.

7     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.”

8     And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9     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.”

Luke 4:24-30 (NIV)

24   “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.

25   I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.

26   Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon.

27   And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

28   All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.

29   They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.

30   But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

John 2:23-25 (CEV)

23   In Jerusalem during Passover many people put their faith in Jesus, because they saw him work miracles.

24   But Jesus knew what was in their hearts, and he would not let them have power over him.

25   No one had to tell him what people were like. He already knew.

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV) – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

In His earthly ministry, Jesus was…

            Amazed                    Amused                    Exhausted

            Hungry                      Thirsty                         Tired

            Frustrated                 Angry                        Disappointed

                        …but Jesus was never shocked

We live in an age of outrage often driven by social media.

  • We are eager to be shocked by what people do
    • When we are “shocked,” we often feel the need to run off and gossip or “opine” about what shocked us.
    • Adding to the chatter without offering anything constructive.

Too rarely do we think: “Here’s a soul in serious trouble who needs our prayers and help.”

Stop being shocked!

  • It is part of learning to accept people
    • It is a chance for us to exercise a little human empathy
    • It allows us to demonstrate mercy in a merciless age

Vanity and fickleness can get into just about anyone.

Saints are not shocked—moralists are

Disciplinarians get shocked—not Christ-followers

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