October 23, 2017
“Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” John 8:4-5 The Message
There was nowhere to run. She never thought the worse could happen. The rules were too antiquated. She had already crossed the line .. there was no way back. She was caught .. and the worst became a living nightmare. No one ever starts out to commit the worst. It happens everyday. Someone is caught .. intentionally or not .. in a “red-handed act”. There is no one to blame .. but you may try. The only sounds you begin to hear are accusations and blame. Guilt has already been assigned. There is no place to hide .. no escape. You’re caught. Maybe it wasn’t this act. It was something else. You’re the one on the ground, surrounded by accusers, betrayed by your own conscience, condemned by the whispering-lie that everything was okay. And now..? You’d give anything to take it back .. erase the thoughts .. take the extra moment to think .. or ask a friend’s help. Sin leaves scars. Most are not seen on the outside. It’s the ones seared into your mind and hidden in your heart. It takes a lot of energy to cover all those places where wrongs have been stored or buried to forget. The accusers voices are all orchestrated for execution. And then there is Jesus. You already know he’s disappointed in you. You’ve failed again. There are no appeals or second chances left to bargain. What He does next is unthinkable. He silences the accusers and sentences the accused … to a new life. It can’t be that easy. It isn’t what you think. Because He is the one who was stoned on your behalf. So, when He says that He doesn’t condemn you .. He means it. He has the scars to prove it. And your scars? You may remember them but they no longer have power to rip your heart open. The sound of His forgiveness is greater than the fury of your sin. Go on your way … it only takes a moment.
“The sinless among you, go first: Throw the stone.” … The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?” “No one, Master.” “Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.’ John 8:7, 10-11
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to the Truly Un-Condemned following Jesus (firstname.lastname@example.org)