I know I've written about this event before, but in lieu of my M.C. event last week, John 8 holds a special meaning tonight.
The scene is familiar. The rulers found a woman caught in the act of adultery, and on the basis of the Law brought her to Jesus to be stoned. It was legal. It was right. It was the judicial system at it's finest. They had a perpetrator, and they had every right to end this woman's life in order to protect the morality of the community.
When 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?"(v. 4-5) They asked this in order to trick Jesus, and He knew it.
The scene is one that most all people know. Jesus began drawing in the sand, and responded, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." (v.7) And Jesus went back to drawing.
As each man dropped his rock, Jesus straitened up and asked the woman, ""Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"(v.10)"No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin.(v.11)
And the woman went free.
Free from guilt.
Free from shame.
Free from justice.
Free from the unmerciful consequences of sin.
I saw this story played out last week.
I watched a young woman stand before 500 people and confess her former life of sin in drugs, alcohol, and promiscuous behavior; and she claimed her freedom from sin and the oppressive reigns sin had on her. She gave God all the glory for bringing her into a community of people that didn't see her as a sinner, but rather; as a child of God FREE!
I'm in such awe that we serve a God who is ready to reach out His hands of forgiveness so each one of us can live life free from all the stuff in the world.
I'm in bewildered wonderment at Jesus' reaction. His forgiveness coupled with His stern warning to fee from our sin, is overwhelming.
And I am grateful.
The Bible says, "All have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God.' (Romans 3:23) And if we're honest, we all can identify, at least in some way, the feeling of being thrown into the place of guilt and shame.
But today, you need to know, Jesus came to free you from that. He came to free you from all those things that keep you from an abundant life with Him.
He came to say, "Then neither do I condemn you."
Thank you for seeing me as a new creation.
Thank you for allowing me to be free in this life.
Thank you for helping me face my accusers, and teach me how to live a sin free life.
And that's why I believe following Jesus is such a JOY!!