3 When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him. 4 Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery. 5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women — offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her — what is Your sentence]? 6 This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. 7 However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. 8 Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger. 9 They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court. 10 When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? 11 She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.AMP
This was one of the many encounters of Jesus with the Scribes and the Pharisees. These groups of religious bigots are always following Jesus. They were not following Jesus in order to learn or benefit from His ministry. They were always there to find an occasion to bring Him down.
The most difficult people to deal with are people who are neck deep in religion. The deeper you go in religion, the more difficult it is for you to benefit from the life and ministry of Jesus. Religion has a way of blindfolding its victim. A man in religion will always look at issues from the point of his self-righteousness.
In this particular encounter, these religious fellows brought a woman whom they claimed was caught in the very act of adultery. You just wonder why it was only the woman they brought. Of course it takes two to commit adultery. But that is the insincerity in human righteousness.
Whereas these people were trying to judge a person whom they consider a sinner, they were also committing a serious offense. As it was sinful for the woman to sleep with another man’s husband, so it was criminal for these people to exonerate the sin partner of this woman.
One of the greatest thing religion will do to you is to make you to be biased. It will make you see things only from a sentimental point of view.
It was not as if Jesus was indulging this sinful woman; no. He was only showing us the view of God on every sinner. God is not as interested in the punishment of a sinner as He was in his/her victory over sin and his/her transformation.
“Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
There are very important lessons we need to learn from Jesus’ verdict on this woman:
- It is easier to see the evil in other people’s lives than for a man to see the terrible evils in his own life.
God did not set us up to hunt after the atrocities of others. God wants each man to deal with the evils in his/her life. Before you begin to mark yourself excellent, using the lives of others, God wants you to see yourself as He sees you.
“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
“Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
2. The fact that you are so smart and you always neatly clear your steps does not mean that God is not aware of your secret evil.
“But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.
3. Men are bad forgivers; they always relate to other men in relation to their past.
If you cannot forget people’s past, you cannot have a good relationship with them. Every man no matter how good he/she is has a terrible past to contend with. If you keep judging people based on their past, you will never see any good in their present or the greatness in their future.
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
4. We must separate the sin from the sinner.
Although there is nothing good in the sin, there are many wonderful things in the sinner. Inside every sinner is a potential saint. If there is no possibility of turning a sinner to a saint, the death of Jesus was in vain. The saints of today were sinners yesterday; the sinners of today can also become saints tomorrow.
“Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?
“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!”
5. No matter how rough your past was, there is hope for you in God.
It is not your sin that will actually ruin your life and send you to eternal pains of hell; it is your refusal to make use of the opportunity in God to right your wrong. It is not true that the best you can be is a useless stinking sinner. There is a better life in you if you will just bring your messed up live to Jesus. There is a spiritual detergent, the blood of Jesus, which can wash the worst sin stain. You are not too bad for Him.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
6. Your past is gone, come out of it and face a better future.
Stop mourning your wayward past and begin to preserve your innocent future in God. If you keep looking at your future with the eyes of the past, there is a tendency for your dead past to kill your innocent future.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
7. The reason why Jesus forgives a man is so that he can go and sin no more.
Jesus did not set you free so that you can continue in your sin. Those who see their forgiveness as opportunities for more atrocities are ignorant of the workings of the grace of God. Those who see the liberty in Christ as freedom for waywardness are in no way close to the saving grace of God. The command of Jesus is for the sinner to “go and sin no more”. Those who go only to continue their sins are not only rebellious, they are also casting aspersion on the generosity of God’s grace. They are writing an open invitation to His wrath.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Beloved, what will you do with the grace of God? Will you embrace His mercy and come out of sin or will you allow your sin to be your ruin? If you are embracing the free gift of His grace; go and sin no more. Do not allow your rotten past to corrupt your future.
Go and sin no more.
Today’s Wisdom Nugget
Living in the consciousness of the past is like driving forward while facing backward; it always lad to disaster!
Today’s Prayer Points
- Appreciate God for the good family that God has giving you and praise Him that things will get better
- Praise God for all your mistakes of the past and the mercy of God as well as His forgiveness
- I command the spirit of error to leave my life today in Jesus name
- Every power tying me to my past, perish from my life today in Jesus name
- God of a new beginning, begin anew with my life today in Jesus name
- Every power connecting me with the errors of my past and judging me by my pasy, leave my life alone now in Jesus name
- Father, open new doors of greatness to my life today in Jesus name
- Father, remove from me all garments of shame and cloth me with your glory today in Jesus name
- All accusers of my life, scatter now in Jesus name
- Father, launch my life out into a new dimension of grace and glory from today in Jesus name
Pray for peace in Nigeria especially in areas of violence and needless killings
Pray for peace in the Middle East especially in Israel and Jerusalem in particular.