“but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “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?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:1-11
I love these verses in John 8. Not only does it show the mercy JESUS showed this woman, but HE challenged everyone who stood ready to punish her, to do so only if they were without sin themselves. And I am not surprised, not one amongst them were free of sin.
This is such a powerful message, and lesson for us all. Jesus did not excuse the sin or ignore that it was brought to his attention. Jesus did what HE was called to do, and that was to bring a sinner to repentance, and save her. At the same time, HE taught all those poised to punish her, to look at themselves first. HE did not stop them for carrying out the law, but simply provided a condition. A condition they could not meet. This action was also one of mercy as HE was teaching them to first examine your own faults before you measure those of others. MY GOD!!
Is this not a lesson for the modern times? We are so quick to cast the first stone but could not withstand the same should a magnify be turned on our lives. We have a responsibility to do just as JESUS did, and show mercy. As we show mercy, we are given mercy. As we condemn, we will be condemned. In other words, GOD will extend to us, what we extend to others. Therefore, I encourage you to think about this, the next time you want to point a finger. Consider the situation, consider the person, consider their circumstances, then consider how you can help them before you condemn them.
I pray that you join me in meditation on the words from Matthew 7:1-5 –
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Let me remove the speck from your eye”; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Just to be clear my brothers and sisters in Christ, with this message I am not judging you. I am simply sharing what is on my heart. A message that I meditate on regularly.
I am so tired of the unnecessary violence and hatred. The senseless crimes against each other because of the color of our skin. The broken friendships over foolish arguments or misunderstandings. The strained marriages because of the unwillingness to compromise or forgive. It must stop! It is time that we come together!
We have been fed hatred for too long, and it has caused many of us to grow bitter, self-righteous, unforgiving, judgmental, ungodly, and unloving. And none of these are attributes of Christ, none of them!! And we must do better! We must be better!
As I am typing this message, I am silently praying for everyone who reads it. My prayer is:
If you are holding on to anything that has become a divider between you and your loved ones, may it be destroyed in the mighty name of JESUS!
If you are doing or saying anything that is blocking your blessing, may you find the will to stop in the mighty name of JESUS!
If there is anything that you stand in the need of right now, that you receive it, in the mighty name of JESUS! In the magnificent and merciful name of JESUS, I pray these things. AMEN!
Let us once again, become worthy of the blood that was shed for us.
God bless you,
In his service,