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Forgiving Jesus

This story is the one that lost people and “Christians” love to use as their sounding board, the one that more people quote incorrectly, and used to justify sinful behavior. Two quotes that come to my mind in reference to this story are “Don’t you judge me” and “Go on and cast the first stone!”

Today we see one of the many ways the Pharisees attempted to trap, trick, and smear the very God, Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, who created all things.

John 8:1-11

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.  "Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?"  They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, "Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "I do not condemn you, either. Go From now on sin no more."

As the scripture says, Jesus was teaching the people. The Pharisees bring a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. They quote the Law to Christ, again the very One Who created the Law. "Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?" The Law is found in several places.

Leviticus 20:10  

If there is a man who commits adultery with another man's wife, one who commits adultery with his friend's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Jesus as the scripture read knew their evil desires and turned the tables on them. "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." The Pharisees hated Jesus because He was a threat to their power. He was not who they wanted as the Messiah. Look at what happened next. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Even though they hated Jesus, not one of them picked a stone from the ground. His words had pierced their hearts. So God in the flesh is standing with an adulteress. This is where people wrapped up in lust and other sinful activity cry out, “See Jesus won’t judge me,” or “Only my God can judge me,” and or, “Jesus allowed the woman to live!” First of all, Jesus Christ, the Savior, the Son is our Mediator to God the Father. Jesus had a few comments about the J word known as judgment.

Matthew 25:21

Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’

Matthew 7:21-23

Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

“Only my God can judge me.” This statement is true. However, God’s children, we who are Christians are not to judge others, but we are to stand firm in the faith and stand true to His Word, His teachings, His will. If we do not stand firm in the faith, we fall.

Isaiah 7:9

“If you will not believe, you surely shall not last."

“Jesus allowed the woman to live!” He did. But most people who love to tell Christians not to judge always forget what Jesus said at the end. After the would be rockers left, Jesus speaks to her. "Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?" Everyone is gone. "I do not condemn you, either.” So there it, right? Jesus allowed fornication to go on without punishment! No. Jesus had one final comment. “Go From now on sin no more."

Jesus spared this woman’s sin just like He did upon the cross as He spared us from eternity in Hell. The woman was given a personal encounter with the one true, Living God complete with mercy, compassion, love, and grace. She was told to sin no more. Sound familiar? As born again believers, do we not receive the very same mercy the woman received? Do we not die to the sinful nature when the Holy Spirit fills our life? Do we not begin life anew in Christ after accepting Him as Savior? If the commitment to Him is real, our lives are filled with the Holy Spirit, and while we are still flesh that is prone to sin, we are saints in God’s eyes. We go as He instructed and sin no more.

Romans 8:1

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

We will as Christ said GO AND SIN NO MORE if we are truly His children. If we do not allow the very Spirit of God to lead us, then we truly are cheating Jesus. We mock His sacrifice. Paul asked the folks why they submitted to the world after knowing Christ as Savior.

 

 

Colossians 2:20

Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules?

Jesus Christ died for you. He died so that you could live eternally with the Father. He died and rose again on the third day. If you believe this, ask the Lord into your heart. Allow Him to be your Savior. All you have to do is pray, acknowledge your need for Jesus. Ask Him into your heart and see the blessings abound.

Dear God, I know that I have sinned, but I believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to forgive me. I receive Christ as THE ONLY WAY to salvation. I am willing to turn from my sin. Please forgive me of my sin and give me eternal life. In Christ’s holy name, Amen.”

Does this prayer express the desires of your heart? If it does, pray the prayer now. Christ will enter your heart with eternal life.  

Despite what others say, NO ONE can take eternal life away from you once Christ has entered your life.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow me. I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hands.”  John 10:27-28