by Christina Farris
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. Have you wonder the best way to deal with accusation or a truth when in the wrong. I think Jesus attitude when the woman sinned was very clear, he who was without sin cast the first stone. The accuser took a few minutes to pounder on the words of Jesus before walking off. When we think of Jesus bringing peace, he never said the woman was without sin, he only asked if they were without sin. When we find our sin in scripture are we so readily to face the punishment of the law of scripture, the answer is no. A majority if we found our sin in scripture would also find we be either dead by the accusers or dead by our own hand. Christ response to the sinner before him was go and sin no more, not to stone her. What the point if the crime by Jewish tradition was her to be stone, was he going against tradition, or just a law that lacked power in Roman times.
Cain was not killed for killing Abel only cast out of God's sight, I wonder where he went. God's provision was still in place for Cain as far as food and clothing. To be cast out of God's sight what did it mean. Not allowed in the presence of God, not allowed to enter his courts in praise and song. Sin can take one further away from God then one ever attended, but here we see Jesus saying to the sinner just go and sin no more. God sent Jesus to be peace to the world. How long would you last before you are accused of something and be dead under the Moses Laws. Fear sweep the people in the wilderness with the wrath of God on more then one occasion. Prehaps the Moses law reflects the need for holiness when it comes to God because of his wrath. Even God's people that were consider a friend of God had faults by Moses Laws. When Cain sinned he did not try and hide it as his parents had done, instead he owned up to it. Cain was marked for his protection. Are we protected by God after salvation the answer is yes, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. We own up that we are sinners and we are marked by the Holy Spirit, but the sacrifice for sin comes through Christ and that is price Jesus paid for our sin. Cain was marked but he had nothing to offer for his sin, for his transgression.
Jesus did not tell the woman to go offer sacrifices, only go and sin no more. Through out Christ ministry He never said go perform the sacrifices for remission of sin. Why is important we receive the Jesus as sacrifice for our sin. It is because of our sin, he had to come to teach us about forgiveness and justice. This week a man stood in the court room and confessed to knowing Jesus, and confessed to a woman going to jail for crime of murder that he wish she did not have to go, but would just receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. I do not doubt many people understood this. I do not doubt this man seen a woman in need of Jesus and forgiveness. A person in the need of hope, whether she believe that or not herself. The emotion of the hug of the man that would of let her go and the woman, was great, but the the emotion of those that reviewed it probably was even greater. Some in horror and others in tears from the event. How did you view the woman that was a cop guilty of murder yet forgiven?
God forgives many sins and not input them against his people, but the best forgiveness of God came when Jesus paid a price for our sin. That payment got us out of jail when we believe, got us out of eternal lake of fire and home with Him. We will still fall from time to time, if not more often then we like to think, but our strive is to live in the manner that will please our Lord and Savior. Imagine the emotion of the woman in the story caught in adultery, Jesus being a teacher of the law, saying go and sin no more. The elation in her relief of not dying today because of her sin. Not being made a mockery of God's judgment by the people. Sometimes people want to finger point about sin to the point it causes a person feel judged and not loved by anyone. They mock only to fail to see their own short comings called sin too. There is no love in that. God sent Jesus to love and not condemn, yet a day will come that Christ will judge the world because of sin. His judgment is coming. Yet meantime, Jesus offers all protection who come to Him believing and receive Him as Lord and Savior, admitting they are sinner and turning away from sin, and sin that even comes after being saved, becaused no one is that holy, but our strive is to be holy, to live purified and transformed by Christ power, not by our hand.
Dear Heavenly Father transform each of us as we strive to live for you, because your Son paid the price for our sin, so we are called by his grace to be holy, In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1John 1:9-10: 2:1-2 KJV
1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.