For the past few months I have been reading in the Bible from the book of John. Now, if you know me, you would know that John is my favorite book in all the Bible. I love the up close intimate look at Jesus Christ and the encounters that He had with people. As I have been reading, chapter 8 has captured my heart.
There are so many important encounters, and great statements that Jesus makes in this chapter.
The chapter starts with one of my favorite stories, the woman caught in adultery, I love how Jesus deals with the men who what brought the woman before Him to be judged. They had a solid case that she was caught in adultery, and the law of Moses did allow for stoning.
Yet Jesus did not dispute the facts, He simply said, “Ok, any one of you who is without sin, let him be the first to stone her.” Then He went back to writing something on the ground. But those who had brought her slowly dropped the stones they had in their hand, and one by one they went away, leaving her standing there alone before Jesus. Then perhaps the most comforting thing the women could have ever heard came from Jesus. He said “Woman, where are the? Has no one condemned you?” She said “No one Lord.” Jesus replied “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
You see, when people are condemned rightly, knowing that they are guilty, but then receive mercy, that does something to a person, something real and deep. I know you might be thinking, but what if they abuse the mercy, and what about justice, and you have every right to ask such questions. But we must also remember John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
And we can also never forget that Jesus would pay for all our sins at the cross, so He was not being unjust, for He knew that He would pay for the woman’s adultery and so much more, He would pay for all her sins.
Can you see the look on her face? Can you imagine how her heart felt in that moment? She was not condemned, she was loved and even more she was told, “Go and live life in a way that honors God, don’t do that again, don’t put yourself in this situation, you have been given mercy now accept it and honor it.”
Wow, if we could only treat people with the mercy and love that Jesus did, now that would be a life changing thing to so many. And we have the right to offer mercy, because Jesus has offered it to us, so we can offer it to those we encounter who need it.
As believers I love Heb 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
God has called us to come to Him in our time of need so we my find mercy and grace, and I believe that as we receive mercy and grace, we can offer it to those we encounter.
There is so much more in this chapter and in the whole book of John, take time to sit and read, about the encounters of Jesus and then just sit back and say WOW!!!!