Daily Insight for Friday, August 24, 2018
She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:11).
One day Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Then early in the morning, He came again into to the temple, and all the people were coming to him. You see wherever Jesus goes, a large crowd of people gathered around Him because they wanted to hear from him. Bible elsewhere says His teachings were filled with grace and compassion and He taught people with authority. You see when people teach people, there is a lack of confidence and authority due to their sin nature and shortcomings. However, when the Son of God, who is the creator of all and who never knew or did any sin teaches, of course, there is the authority. Ordinary people liked Jesus, especially sinners and tax collectors wanted to be around Jesus. However, the self-righteous Pharisees had full of hypocrisy inside them, and they thought about themselves as better than others. Jesus could never tolerate with their self-righteous, hypocrisy filled ‘I am better than you’ attitudes.
While Jesus was teaching, these self-righteous Pharisees pulled a woman forcefully and brought her to Jesus. They threw her at the feet of Jesus and said “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” These Pharisees caught her in the very act of adultery means she may have been half naked. Secondly, we wonder why the Pharisees did not catch the man in the act of adultery? The self-righteous Pharisees did not ask their question because they honor Jesus. They asked Jesus so that they could find another reason to accuse Jesus on the days ahead. However, Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. They continued asking Him the same question. Then Jesus stood up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. We are not told in the passage what was He writing, and we do not want to guess either. However, when they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He and the woman were the only two people left there. I believe she was in the center of the court there in the same place and position they threw her Jesus stood up and said, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
Dear ones, did you see two groups of people in this incident? There is huge number of people who wanted to see Jesus and be with Him, enjoying His presence and words of grace, compassion, and authority. The second set was looking for an opportunity to accuse Him and destroy Him. The situation is not different today. Many people around the world are touched by the grace, mercy, love, and salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ because He is, in fact, the savior of the whole world. Also, their lives are changed forever because they met Jesus in their life and have a personal relationship with Him.
Secondly, the religious leaders of the day tried to expose the sin of this woman by throwing her right in front of Jesus and others. However, Jesus turned around and exposed their sins by saying, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” They all began to go from there. Dear ones, we all need the forgiveness of sins because the Bible says all are sinners. There is no excuse. All are sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:
Bible says God hates sin. Sin is bad. Of course, it has severe consequences and that is why we should avoid sinful acts at any cost. Adultery is one sin among many other sins. Jealousy rooted in Joseph’s brother’s life was also a sin. Murder is a sin. To lie is sin and slander is sin and the list goes on. A good definition of sin is in 1 John 5:17 and it says, “All unrighteous acts are sins.” However, God loves sinners. He wants to save all people from their sins. He wants to give a brand new beginning and a beautiful life to sinners.
Bible says in Hebrews 12:2 Jesus endured the cross, disregarding its shame because of the joy set before Him. Sinners were the joy set before Him. You and I were the reason why He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. The passage also says He is the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. He supernaturally grants us the faith to believe in Him and then He is committed to develop and perfect our faith until the last day. Bible says in Philippians 1:6, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” God initiates the good work in us, and he perfects and finishes it when Christ returns. When we as sinners say Lord save me, His wonderworking hand takes over our lives and make it a smooth aroma for Him and the people around us.
You see, Is this not what happened to this woman caught in adultery? Jesus asked, woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you? Listen carefully to her answer, “No one Lord.” In that short moment of time, she understood who Jesus is. She experienced the liberating and wonder-working power of grace emulated from Him. John says, “Out of his (Christ’s) fullness we have all received grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
My dearly beloved, there is a difference between the Law given through Moses and the fullness of grace in Christ Jesus. Grace heaped upon grace and grace topped by grace. She acknowledged the love and grace of Jesus and the power of his liberating truth beamed around her as she was trying to straighten her up from the fallen position. She acknowledged for the first time in her life, Jesus Christ as the Lord, her only savior who can save her from her lowly condition and make her a new creation all over again. Jesus Christ, who saw her heart and understood her circumstances and background like no other person could, supernaturally granted her the faith to believe in Him as the Lord. Marvelous! Then He said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
Don’t you agree this was a life-changing moment in her life? I am sure the words of Jesus echoed again and again in her heart and mind for the rest of her life. “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” This will be a life changing moment in your life today as well.
Beloved, got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I come to Jesus Christ and call Him my Lord and Savior because I need His grace, love, and forgiveness. I believe the blood of Christ can cleans me and make me a brand new person again. I believe in Jesus Christ. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”