The Woman & The Stoners (Part 2)
SO….Jesus challenges the “stoner people” by holding up a mirror and reminding them of their reality – that they are flawed, torn, ragged, and broken. So what do they do? They all walk away. Starting with the oldest. (Oldest = Most Sin?)
But then Jesus does something so beautiful….so reflective of the Father’s heart.
He takes that same mirror that he had just held up to the stoner people…and now holds it up to this woman who had been caught in adultery. Except the reflection she’s about to see is different than the one the stoner people saw. Why? Because she knew her condition. She knew that she was flawed and broken. She knew that she was in a pretty desperate situation. And she knew that deserved whatever she had coming to her.
John 8:10-11 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
You know what Jesus was essentially saying to her?
“Yes, I know about your sin and what you’ve done. I know you’re broken and flawed. BUT…..I also know that you are of great value to me. And I know that I love you and accept you just the way you are – not the way you should be. Now YOU know. Now go…and sin no more.“
When God holds up His mirror to our lives we clearly see the reality of our sin and just how desperately in need of God’s grace we really are. But we also see something much greater – the truth of grace and unconditional love. We see the truth that we are accepted just as we are – not as as we should be.
But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. Romans 5:20 (The Message)