With the woman caught in adultery, in John, chapter 8, Jesus taught us something very important about mercy and forgiveness. Not only is this good for us with God as sinners, but it is good for us with people who we have sinned against. You see, we have two types of people here. We have Jesus who freely forgave this woman, while explaining to her that He is the light of the world. Then we also have the people that accused her of her sin, while ready to stone her to death. Both of these things are important to know. Jesus is our advocate with Father, that we may be forgiven. We are also His hands and feet while on earth. So we don’t go around condemning anyone, but only bring them to Jesus, that He may do a work in their lives. Now, to understand this story, we will now read it together…
1John 8:1-12 (KJV)
1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 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.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Here we have Jesus explaining that nobody is sinless, but God alone. Therefore, who is it for us to try to cause judgement to fall upon the person who is fallen into sin? We have no right to do this but God alone, as Jesus said. Therefore, we have the accusers leaving one by one, dropping their rock which they planned to stone her with until only Jesus was left. And so we learn from the Lord that we are not to hold grudges, but leave it in the hands of Jesus. These people that accused the lady who had committed adultery did this, so why can’t we? But did they leave her alone? No. It is also good to share the good news of the gospel and lead the person in sin to Jesus. This way, while in prayer, He can speak to the person, like He did with this woman. Then, can they understand His mercy and grace for their lives, as they confess their sins openly, instead of judgement from our sinful lips. To make this clear, we give up all our grudges, walls we have built up, anger in our hearts, and heartache to the Lord. We freely forgive others as Jesus forgives us. This is what it means to be a disciple of Christ. We are His people, so we walk, talk, and act as He would. We also live our lives when nobody is looking as He would. Jesus is the Lord, our God, so we cry out to Him in our sins, that He may wash us clean in His blood.
My friends, listen to how Jesus spoke to the woman once again. It happened that, 1“when Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:10-12) Now please just think about what took place here. The wrath of God could have been poured out upon her, but He instead forgave the woman. His mercy is for those people who are broken and are desiring a change of heart. Everyone that come unto Him, his love is extended, instead of judgement. He doesn’t accuse us of anything, but only welcomes us home. With this said, He freely forgives those people that believe in and follow Him. His only wish is that we abide in Him, that we no longer fall back into the same sinful lifestyle. To those things, He says, sin no more. He then helps us walk differently since He is able to cast out the darkness, and shine His light instead. Jesus is the light, and those that put their trust in Him, His light is in them also. Isn’t this so good? God is good to people that come unto Him in faith.
Let us pray:
Lord, help us live out a life that glorifies Your Name. We know that we are incapable of doing this on our own and need Your help to accomplish this. So we ask that You strengthen us in the Holy Spirit. Build us up in the Word of God, that we may know what You say and abide in it. Help us understand the need to pray and find answers to life’s questions, and also experience healing for our lives and others. You can do so much for people that will just put their trust in You. It is like Your arms are open all day long, and are waiting for people to just reach out to You in prayer. Then, will You take them home and transform their lives. Surely, only You, Jesus, is the light of the world. No darkness is found in You at all, which gives me hope of living a life that is much better than even now. I may not be the best person, but I strive to live for You, oh Lord. I know that I have fallen into sin, but I am so sorry for these times that the Spirit is grieved. I do not wish to hurt You and our relationship any longer, so I pray for Your forgiveness and mercy. Since light is found in You, cast out all the darkness in my life and other people that pray this prayer. Give us over to goodly things that only come from heaven. Fill our lives with things that will benefit Your kingdom. Help us have clean thoughts and also live out our lives with morals. I know that as I abide in You, I will not fall back into my bad habits or addictions, for with You they are no more. In my old man, I had these instincts, but now I have things that are Spirit-led to do, which brings me joy. I do not wish to experience any more temporary pleasure in things, but only experience Your love that lasts. I love You, God. I praise You, Lord. Amen.