|W||John 8:10-11 New International Version (NIV)
10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11 “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
|O||At the beginning of John chapter 8, we find Jesus at the temple. The people came to Him and He sat down to teach them (notice His posture: The Master teacher sat down—I like how Jesus rolled…so humble). The Pharisees and the teacher of the Law of Moses threw a woman who had been caught in adultery into the middle of the crowd.
According to the Law of Moses she should be stoned to death. Trying to trap and accuse Jesus they asked, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (John 8:4-5) Instead of Jesus giving them the verbal response that they wanted, He began to write on the ground with his finger. Not satisfied, they kept on asking Jesus about the woman. Finally, he stood up and said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) Once again he continued to write on the ground. The accusers and the people left one by one, until there were only two remaining: Jesus and the adulteress.
Verse 3 says that she was “caught in adultery.” Which means she couldn’t lie or make excuses to why she was with the man. They caught her in the act! She was GUILTY! Guilty of cheating on her husband! Guilty of violating the law! Guilty of breaking her covenant with God! Jesus had every opportunity to shame and condemn the woman. BUT HE DIDN’T! Jesus told her that He did not condemn her. He told her to go and sin no more.
|R||Jesus told her to go and sin no more. For God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:17). Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32).” We see in this passage of scripture that Jesus (John 8:1-11) did not come to destroy or tear down, He came to save. And He did this by showing her grace and mercy. Romans 3:23-24 says for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Knowing this, do we continue to sin?
No! (Romans 6:1-2) If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth (1 John 1:6). If we claim to know the Lord, we will not have a desire to keep sinning. Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person (1 John 2:3-4).
Besides, if you love someone why would you want to hurt them? If we say we love God, we would want to do the right thing by obeying His Word. We truly love God only when we obey Him as we should, and then we know that we belong to Him (1 John 2:5 CEV).
Thank You God for Your unconditional love, grace and mercies that are new every morning. I thank You God for covering me in my sin and for forgiving me. I thank You God for being patient with me. Thank You God for always being faithful to me even when I am not faithful to You. Thank You for dying for my sins. Please help me to stay true to You. Help me to keep striving to please You in all of my ways. May I continue to seek You and obey Your will for my life. Help me to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me.
In Jesus’ name,