Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11 NLT
She got up that day to sin and make someone else fall. But she was caught in the act and she was going to die for it. Her day was not going well. Her accusers made a mockery of her and brought her in front of a crowd gathered to hear Jesus. Her accusers were religious leaders with ample knowledge. Men that could boast of what they knew, but not of what they lived. They came with the accused, the verdict and the stones. Yet in the precise moment that all would end for her, Jesus made a simple statement: ”Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And as they realized their own lives, one by one left the scene dropping their stones.
How amazing it is to know that just as Jesus forgave this woman from her accusers, he still does the same for us every day. We should always remember that we were forgiven by his sacrifice at the cross and our acceptance in our hearts of that sacrifice by the son. We are called to accept the forgiveness for our sins, regardless of what it has been. Your forgiveness, my forgiveness, was bought on the cross by Jesus himself.
We live in a fallen world, filled with sin that haunts us at every moment. We are prone to fail, to fall and to sin. But the Grace of God overflows and restores us, time and time again. It is not that we will have a consequence free life and a license to sin badge. We will have consequences, and we are told to sin no more if we want to have a life with significance. A restored life. So even when men won’t forget our sins because they are many, He has made it clear that He does not condemn you. He is always looking for ways to draw you near to him, because he loves you. He loves you so much that he gave his life for you sins at the cross so that no one could throw a stone at you, no matter what they have been.
You might be in a difficult situation today. You might have sinned, exposed, accused, declared guilty and people are lining up with stones in hand to throw them at you. But don’t be afraid, Jesus will be at your side and confront your accusers. You will hear the clashing of the dropping of the stones and will lift your eyes and see their backs disappearing in the sun.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”