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March 28th, 2010 A.D. - Fifth Sunday in Lent John 8/1-11

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March 28th, 2010 AD

Fifth Sunday in Lent John 8/1-11

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  This is perhaps the most scandalous story in the Gospels. Many scholars think that it is not part of St. Johnís Gospel because it does not quite fit here and does not appear in some of the ancient codexes.

It may have been a free floating parable of Jesus which the editor placed in St. Johnís gospel, changing it from a parable Jesus told to a story in which Jesus participated because it seemed less scandalous if Jesus was the principle actor. The scandal of course is that Jesus forgives the unpardonable crime of adultery and indeed gives ďabsolutionĒ before the sinner confesses.

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 Once upon a time a man named Dean Acheson who had served in the Roosevelt administration was called back to serve in the Truman administration. A friend of his was Alger Hiss who turned out to have been a highly placed Communist spy in late nineteen thirties and the early nineteen forties. After Hissís conviction on perjury charges, reporters asked Acheson who worked in the State Department (and probably designed the famous Marshal plan which saved Europe from hunger and Communism) what he thought of his friend Hiss now.

 The son of an Anglican Bishop and a frosty, prickly man, said the famous words, ďI will not turn my back on Alger Hiss!Ē Immediately the Republicans in Congress branded him as soft on Communism and perhaps a Communist spy. This image stuck in the minds of many Americans, although Acheson was the most determined of Cold Warriors, perhaps indeed the first Cold Warrior. He committed the unpardonable sin of forgiving a traitor who had not even asked forgiveness. Thatís what Jesus did.

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This image stuck in the minds of many Americans, although Acheson was the most determined of Cold Warriors, perhaps indeed the first Cold Warrior. He committed the unpardonable sin of forgiving a traitor who had not even asked forgiveness. Thatís what Jesus did
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Psalm 24:3-10

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
7 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors!  that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
9 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors!  that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! [Selah]

 

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