Key Passage: John 8:1-12
Key Text: “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
Meeting Jesus and accepting Him into our lives is undoubtedly the best decision we could ever make in this life. He is such a wonderful Lord and everyday with Him is a joyful one. Today, we read the story of a woman caught in adultery and was dragged before Jesus by those who were ready to condemn her and stone her to death. Jesus masterfully rescued her and set her free to live on and live right.
The bible tells us Jesus came full of grace and truth. Jesus knows the truth about each and everyone of us, but He loves us despite our failings and ourselves. Think deeply about this, Jesus loves you, regardless of your current condition. But even more amazing is the fact that He loves us so much that He does not leave us to wallow in the muck and mire of sin, but stoops down to scoop us up and out of sin and place us on holy ground.
This woman got the double grace of God. She was to be put to death and that is what the Law of Moses prescribed for her sin. But thank God she was dragged before the One full of Grace and Truth.
The only antidote to the law is grace. Jesus first had to disarm her accusers and condemners. He simply used His knowledge of the truth by making a simple statement. “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Of course there is no one sinless except Jesus himself. So beginning with the eldest, they left one by one.
Then came one of the most glorious moments in scripture. Jesus was left alone with this woman. Jesus asked her, where are those who condemn you and she answered, “No one Lord”.
Romans 8:1-4 says “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Jesus said “Neither do I condemn you. That means your sins are forgiven, the punishment removed and you are no longer guilty. WOW! What freedom. What a weight off her shoulder! What a restoration. Jesus removed not just her sin, but also her shame.
But it did not end here, Jesus, said one more thing to her, “go and sin no more”. This was not just a command or as it were, another law being prescribed to her. This is what I often call a Word of Power. This was a grace gift, spoken to her. Go and sin no more was an empowering grace filled word, that would enable her to overcome her proclivity to sin and enable her to walk in holiness. Double grace!!!!
It has often been said that if you have received the grace of God in His mercy, you would be so in love with Jesus that you would hate sin. Yes, I agree, but the truth is probably slightly deeper. It is that with the grace that forgives sin, there is also the grace to forsake sin.
God appeared to Abram in Gen 17:1 – 1 When Abram was ninety- nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. This was not a command. It was an empowering word for Abraham. God introduced himself as El-Shaddai. The All Sufficient ONE.
Today, let us receive with joy this grace of God that clears our sins and guilts and shame, and let us be thankful for the empowerment to walk free from sin in every area of our lives.
Let us Pray: Father God, than you for sending Jesus to me. Thank you that in Him I have received both your pardon and your power. I am set free from fleshly struggles with sin and empowered to live righteously. Thank you Jesus for your double grace. In Jesus name I pray. Amen