John 8:1-11 is a beautiful story of the redemption from the law to grace. Jesus at the time was in the temple courts and started to teach. As this was happening the religious scholars and the Pharisees attempted to interrupt his teaching and condemn a woman who was caught in adultery. They wanted to bring shame upon this woman, while catching Jesus contradicting/breaking the law of Moses. I can imagine the scene the fear of the woman, the judgment of the crowd, her accusers and Jesus. As they anticipate his response Jesus does something unexpected. “But Jesus didn’t answer them. Instead He simply bent down and wrote in the dust with his finger. Angry, they kept insisting that he answer their question, so Jesus stood up and looked at them and said, Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire throw the first stone at her. And then he bent over again and wrote some more words in the dust. Upon hearing that, her accusers slowly left the crowd one at a time, beginning with the oldest to the youngest, with a convicted conscious. Until finally Jesus was left alone with the woman still standing there in front of him. So he stood back up and said to her, Dear woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you? Looking around, she replied, I see no one, Lord. Jesus said, Then I certainly don’t condemn you either. Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.”
This scene is full of the mercy, grace, love and salvation that Jesus came to offer us. This woman was ridiculed and accused by people who did not care for her soul or reputation. The accusers were no match for the grace of Jesus. Just as Jesus does he continues to bring truth and freedom in the place of condemnation. What Jesus did for her was a tangible picture of what He does for us all. John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal, kill or destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. The accusers in John 8 attempted to accuse this woman and stone her death, and to destroy the credibility of Jesus. This could not be possible, the plans of God can not be canceled or destroyed. His purpose, His power and His presence will always come to pass and always prevail. No weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17) and what then shall we say in response to these things, If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31). The Cornerstone who is Jesus met with the accusation stones of judgment and condemnation. Any stone or accusation that rises against us can not stand once Jesus is in us. Today, are you returning to the place of accusation and picking up stones that Jesus dropped for you? Who is coming against you? Are you struggling and being reminded of accusations of your past even now that you belong to Jesus? Jesus can and will meet you at the place of accusation. Spend some time with Him today and bring your worries and concerns to him. Open up to the opportunity of repenting to him or asking him to fill you with grace in the places were you feel condemned. Spend some time reading the Scriptures and reflect on the finished work of Jesus and the promises of God. He is ready and ever present to offer grace, mercy and love in our time of need.
John 8, Romans 8:1, Psalm 46:1, 1 Peter 2:4-8, Isaiah 28:6, Acts 4:10-12, Ephesians 2:20-22, John 10, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:5