Welcome here! This blog is an “extra blog” being posted daily between January 13 and February 3 to come alongside the 21 Days of Prayer. We are reading the book of John with the intention of looking at Jesus very closely. We want to know Him really well so that we will love Him even more!
January 21, 2019
Good morning Jesus,
Since I am looking closely at You, I am seeing myself beside you when that “adulterous woman” was brought before you in John 8. Her accusers laid it out along with what “the Law” gave them permission to do to a person caught in the act. John writes that You knew it was a trap. In the heat of things, You casually bent down and wrote something on the ground while they continued to badger You with questions. You were just writing…they must have thought that was so odd. What’s he doing? What’s he writing? They come over to see what You were so occupied doing.
You straightened up and said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” And again, you stooped down and wrote on the ground. One by one they leave and You stand up again and act surprised. You ask her, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
It goes without saying that I am DYING to know what You wrote. I can only speculate: were You writing about their personal sins? Their law-breaking? Were You writing about their own private thought-life that You knew all too well? I wish I could step through time and see. Whatever it was – it was key to this story and it quickly ended the confrontation (still I am, so curious to know!!)
I love the amusement you showed. As if You didn’t know they all had run away with their tails between their legs! You enjoyed a little “dark humour” with this woman who must have been absolutely terrified. You lightened things – “Oh, where did they all go? Did I leave anyone out…no one is left?”
She said, “No one sir”
“Then neither do I condemn you,” You said to her. This is so significant. Even if what happened to this woman was a trap, she fell into it for a reason. Maybe she was the kind of woman with a reputation and adultery was an easy set-up. She was probably living a lifestyle they could easily exploit. She was probably vulnerable to a situation just like this. Maybe she had even been with men in that very circle…
Jesus “acted out” His Good News in this story, the Gospel. It was THE BEST thing that could have happened to her that day and this little story advertises Your priority. Jesus, You did not come to condemn. You came to save. You came to give life. You saved her and after You saved her, You called her to something better: “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
What is the opposite to a “life of sin”?
Romans 6:23 says,
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If sin = death, then she had been living out a dead-end life. How many people just don’t understand they are living a life of sin that has a dead-end?
The opposite of dead is alive. Jesus was calling her to Come Alive! He was calling her to a radically changed hope-immersed entirely new LIFE.
Jesus didn’t call this woman to now “go and live a moral life.” He called her to something grander. He called her to go and live within the free gift of GOD = a grace affected life.
This little story is just another version of every human being’s story. It is my story.
I was a sinner, standing condemned
You took my actual sins on Yourself, you wrote my sin to be on You, and put them to death on the cross
You came back and said, “Now, live the new life I have just given You and will help you live out.”
I don’t live this life shamefully like a dog waiting to be kicked. I live it as Your daughter. You have written my name not in the sand, but upon the palm of Your hand (Isaiah 49:16) I am approved of because this brings you glory! You are with me now and anticipating living with me forever. You have removed the heavy weight of death off my shoulders and replaced it with a grace-filled freedom. Do I live in the awareness of this?
Did this woman walk around in thankfulness as she left Jesus? Did she feel the wonder of this second chance? Did she feel reborn? Did she surrender her old ways and wear her new identity free of shame? Did she see those accusers around and feel absolutely redeemed by GOD? Did she tell others again and again?
**** Do I?