Friday, 4 March 2016
At dawn [very early in the morning] Jesus appeared again [He was there not long ago] in the temple courts [church], where all the people gathered around Him [we must gather, I repeat – we must GATHER around God], and He sat down to teach them.
What is He teaching? Under whose authority is He teaching? Who is ‘in-charge’ of the venue? Why is it that the people-in-charge could not drive Him out of the temple courts?
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.
[In today’s law, isn’t evidence sufficient to make a law-breaker guilty? The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees addressed Jesus ‘Teacher’ – THEY RECOGNIZED AND ACKNOWLEDGED THAT JESUS WAS A TEACHER!” If there was an exam to be taken, a diploma or a degree to be awarded, Jesus got it! They called Him ‘Teacher’ – I am amazed! Well, it could have been mockery - just like calling Him ‘King of the Jews’ – mockery; just like challenging Him to come down from the cross when they said, “So, You are the Son of God, why don’t You …” Today, Satan’s children do the same to God’s children! So, You call yourself a Christian, why don't you ... ?]
How did Jesus respond? [Slow to speak – to His accusers; Quick to listen – to His Father; Slow to anger – He exercised self-control;]
Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger. [God wrote the Ten Commandments with His finger! So, what did Jesus write on the ground with His finger? The Bible did not tell us.]
When they kept on questioning Him [that is the devil’s way – he keeps asking, irritating, agitating, pestering, reminding, asking, asking, asking … until we lose our focus, our faith, our mind …]
Jesus 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. [People in front must have leaned forward to see what He was writing. “What on earth are You writing, huh?” Did Jesus write the answer to His question on the ground?]
At this, those who HEARD [not saw; how large is the crowd of people there? Are there people who did not or could not hear what He said?] began to go away [they went away slowly … probably, the people in front left first; probably they waited and saw that nothing is happening, the people started to leave … Don’t we do that too? When we notice something happening, we look … then we leave when nothing more is happening …] Interesting, those who heard went away ONE AT A TIME – ONE BY ONE! Each one must have realized that they do not qualify. NONE was WITHOUT SIN.
They went away, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left [Jesus is the ONLY ONE WITHOUT SIN] with the woman [the accused sinner].
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.”
Jesus did not condemn her. Followers of Christ should not condemn people. Disciples of Christ should not condemn one another! Jesus asked the adulterous woman to go – not to commit adultery again but to LEAVE HER LIFE OF SIN.
Jesus sets people FREE – free from the condemnation of sin; free from the grasp of sin; free from the power of sin;
Jesus is calling sinners to come to Him. Are you without sin?
God’s prophets do not condemn anyone when they speak. They warn us, enlighten us, draw our attention back to God and His Word. They rebuke and correct but never condemn.
In the above passage (John 8:2-11) when Jesus was challenged [Christians are frequently challenged] to rule on the charges against the adulterous woman, Jesus called to mind A HIGHER LAW [Jesus had come to teach us a HIGHER LAW.] This higher law was revealed through the prophet Hosea.
Kenneth Boa (with John Allen Turner): Sacrifices were religious offerings to God that were often BLOODY, REQUIRING VIOLENCE. Mercy, on the other hand, was represented by GENTLENESS and KINDNESS and was a sign of the heart, not merely an act of religion.
Jesus had not come to condemn the immoral; He had come to rescue them. He had come to rescue all of us. He had come to GATHER those who were far off and filthy and wash them clean, to show them MERCY and present them to the Father, FREE from all accusation.
Dear Heavenly Father, You sent Your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ to rescue man from eternal destruction. I was dead. I was held captive. But Jesus came to overthrow this bondage.
Jesus came to set me free! Indeed, I am set free from bondage! I am Your beloved too! I am loved by You!
Just as You have accepted and forgiven me, may I also accept and forgive those who have sinned against me. Rather than despising those who have done wrong, may I reach out to them with Your HEALING LOVE and MERCY.
In Jesus’ marvelous name I pray, amen!
Lam Yee Ling