Pella Chronicle

Religion

June 21, 2013

Where are your accusers?

Pella —

In the gospel of John, chapter 8, we find the account of the woman caught in adultery, and a beautiful picture of God’s grace.  The Jewish leaders brought this woman to Jesus, saying, “Moses’ law says she must be stoned to death.  What do You say?”
Here is a woman who has made some bad decisions in her life, and she was about to reap the harvest of the seed she had sown.  She had allowed herself to be used, abused, and now accused by others.  Now she was being dragged into the Temple court, or we might say, the Church.  As the Church, “what do WE say?”  Too many times we are confronted with people who have messed up their lives because of sin, and we say, “Disqualified!  You can’t be used by God!”  But the church is FOR sinners!  In Luke chapter 5, Jesus stated, “It is not for those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick!” The Church is a place for hurting, broken, and needy people!  And it’s that great need that attracts the grace of God!
Jesus’ response to their accusations toward this woman was, “Let him who is without sin throw the first stone at her (vs 7)!”  WOW!  Can you sense the weight that is being lifted from this woman’s shoulders?  Jesus then bent down and began writing in the sand with His finger.  Wouldn’t you like to know what He wrote?  Perhaps it was the sins of those who were accusing the woman.  Or maybe it was the names of the women with whom they had committed the same sins.  It’s worth noting that in most cases, the sinful action we are the quickest to condemn in others’ lives is the very sin we struggle with ourselves!  Think about that the next time you condemn another’s actions.  Whatever Jesus wrote in the sand, it gave these men an opportunity to consider their own hearts and leave judgment to Him.

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