Condemned

She stands waiting to be condemned for the sins she has committed. Jesus is standing in front of her. The crowd is questioning why he isn’t condemning her. Jesus turns the tables on the crowd and asks, “Has one of you not sinned?” Each turns away and is silent because they too have committed their own sins. No one is blameless. We are all created as both saints and sinners in need of God’s grace.

That day, standing in front of the woman, would I have been able to admit my own sin? Or would I have joined in with the crowds and told Jesus to condemn her? The truth is that I am just as much as a sinner as the woman is. We all are!

Jesus gave the woman and gives all of us freedom. In John chapter 8 verses 10-11, we hear this conversation between Jesus and the woman: “Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.'” 

But how much do you want to bet that she did sin again? And that God’s people also sin again? It is in our human nature to sin. We are not perfect. In fact, we are far from it. One only need to look at our broken fractured world to see that. More times than I care to count, God’s people treat each other awfully. We fail over and over and over again at “loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us.” We fail at offering forgiveness and are the first to throw the first stone. 

Jesus teaches us the power of love, grace, and forgiveness when he sends away the woman and does not condemn her. Jesus, more than likely knew, that she was going to sin again, but he still gave her grace and freedom. Jesus does the same for us too. On the cross, Jesus dies for our sins and comes not to condemn the world, but to save it. Jesus triumphs over death and the grave showing us that life has the ultimate word.

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