BIBLE READING JOHN 8
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
This woman was caught in the act of adultery. There was no question of her guilt. The penalty for her sin was death. I assume in her mind she thought “this is the end.” She was being brought to her execution. However, her accusers messed up. They brought her to Jesus.
There is no one as compassionate and forgiving as Jesus. He knew she was guilty. Yet he didn’t condemn her. The accusers didn’t realize the man to whom they brought her was the only one able to forgive her sin. Jesus made the statement “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” When confronted with their own sin, they couldn’t justly condemn another.
Today we are guilty of sins worthy of death. One little lie is enough to send us to an eternity in Hell. We also have an accuser in Satan who brings up our sin. But, Just like the woman who was forgiven, when we trusted Christ for salvation our sins were forgiven and forgotten. When the accuser brings up our sin before God, God says “I Don’t have a record of that.” What a blessed promise that God doesn’t remember our sin. He removes our death sentence and gives us new life, just like he did for the woman.
It would be a shame if that woman went back to the lifestyle she had just been forgiven from. I highly doubt she did. It would also be a shame for us as believers to engage in the same lifestyle we did before we were saved. Today can we live in a way that reflects thankfulness for what Christ has done for us?