John 8:10-11 “When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
We live in a world that is all too sensitive to the differences we share.
For some, to differ from their perspective is to be a “hater” or a “racist.” Accusations are hurled freely and swiftly. Once said, they are hard to retrieve.
At times, crowds can be whipped into a frenzy over such words.
For those who know the truth, we must tread lightly and speak circumspectly. Far too often, impassioned words spoken with force to a group of people will have a myriad of reactions.
Some say they will only receive truth if it is sugar-coated and sweet to the taste. Indeed, some truth is sweet to the taste. But some truth feels as though we’ve been struck with such force; it leaves us breathless and speechless.
The woman in this account had become a pawn in a grander scheme. The men that caught her “in the very act” had more than likely set up the whole scenario to have an accusation to bring to Jesus.
Even if that were not true, they knew this woman to be an adulterer and used it to catch Jesus.
Many try to figure out what it was that Jesus wrote in the sand. Whatever it was, they all became convicted in their conscience.
John 8:9 “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”
It wasn’t what they read that convicted them; it was what they heard and the Spirit’s conviction as He bore witness to the truth in their hearts.
Jesus was setting the stage for us to receive one of the greatest truths of the New Testament. He knew that by law, this woman was deserving to be stoned to death. He had come to fulfill the law in providing the one true, living sacrifice for sin and redeem sinful man.
As He walked the earth, He pointed to belief in Himself.
John 11:25-26 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”
Believing in Jesus Christ by faith allows us to be forgiven, received, adopted, and made righteous to enter Heaven.
As I muse on this woman’s situation, I think how I would feel had I been caught in the very act of my sin and brought to Jesus. I’d feel guilty, ashamed, unworthy, and condemned.
Nothing could remove the guilt and shame.
Resigned to my fate, hope would seemingly evaporate.
My life and all that I’d done would pass before my eyes.
Then, to hear the words that Jesus spoke unto the woman,
“Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
This act of forgiveness points to the truth we read in Romans:
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Jesus was not turning a blind eye to the sin of this woman. With all that transpired, she knew full well what could have happened.
Sometimes, an act of mercy will do better than an accusation or condemnation.
Thank God for the forgiveness of sin, the righteousness of our Savior, and the promise of the Father!
Once acquired, we should give to others that which we received. Grace and mercy were extended to us who were caught in sin.
Bible truth is a great revealer. We must not use it as a weapon but as a mirror to see ourselves as God sees us. Once we get the right vision, we can apply the truth rightly, in love, for us, and for all those we come in contact with.
We must follow Jesus’ example. That way, the world will see the grace and mercy freely offered so they can freely receive.