The Miracle of Mercy – Part 4 “Mercy Me”

“MERCY ME” [The Miracle of Mercy – Part 4]

INTRO: When do we need God’s mercy and how does it work? God has a fresh adequate supply of mercy for you every day (Lam. 3:22-23)! God’s mercy will never run out (Ps. 100:5; 103:17)! But why is that important?

I. We Need God’s Mercy When We’ve Messed Up (Jn. 8:2-11).

  1. A woman messed up by committing adultery (vv. 2-3).
    1. Her sin is exposed by religious leaders, not the world.
    2. Sin isn’t fair!
    3. We’ve all messed up (Rom. 3:23; 1Jn. 1:8; Ecc. 7:20; Ja. 3:2a)!
  2. The religious leaders wanted to see her punished (vv. 3-6).
  3. Jesus’ response to the woman’s critics (vv. 6b-9).
    1. Personal introspection over judging others (vv. 7-8).
    2. The critics are convicted and walk away (v. 9).
  4. Jesus’ response to the woman caught in adultery (v. 10-11).
    1. He freed her from condemnation and sin (v. 11).
    2. Didn’t condemn or condone, but showed mercy, which gave her a new future (Ps. 86:5; Ja. 2:13).

II. We Need God’s Mercy When Disillusioned (Jn. 5:2-9).

  1. There’s a pool of sick & hurting people everywhere (v. 2-3).
  2. They were waiting and hoping for a miracle (Jn. 5:4).
  3. Jesus wants to make you well (Jn. 5:5-6).
  4. The disillusionment of hope deferred and feeling like you’re often at the end of the line (v. 7).
  5. Do you think it’s up to someone else to do something before your need can be met?
  6. God’s mercy makes the impossible possible (vv. 8-9; Lk. 18:27; 2Pet. 1:3)!

III. We Need God’s Mercy When Afraid to Die (Lk. 23:39-43).

  1. Are you afraid to die?
  2. This man asked Jesus for mercy and got it (vv. 42-43)!
  3. The only thing that can keep you out of heaven is your pride – rejecting the mercy of God!
  4. God’s mercy will save you for eternity (Lk. 23:43; Jn. 11:25; Acts 2:21)!

Conclusion: God has all the mercy you need (Heb. 4:14-16)!