The law makes us conscious of sin and causes fear in our hearts when we are caught in the act. We become afraid of the punishment accorded to the sin we committed and feel ashamed and worthless because the sin will be made known to all. The law, however, reveals sins; it does not convict sin.
The story of the woman caught in adultery can be likened to the vilest offender her accusers thought could never receive a pardon. This account is in John 8:1-12. The scribes and Pharisees must have watched her closely and knew about her promiscuity before the day her act was openly revealed. They always looked for a fault in Jesus and the only way to achieve their goal was to test Him using every opportunity available.
Her accusers knew her but wanted to make her sin known to the world. They thought they could damage her identity through condemnation but they forgot there was a Man who transforms one’s identity. And they took her to this Man Who had always been their point of running tests about the law. They had no other expectation than for her to be condemned because their law had given a capital punishment for what she did. But the Man (Jesus) was (is) never a condemner, He is a Redeemer. This is what He does….to save.
“Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” They raised their condemning voices and their accusing fingers at her. Oh! They thought He was on the fence and their trap was perfectly set. Their intent was not just about the adulterous woman, Jesus was their target. “What would He say?” They forgot He was the Sent, the Savior of sinners. Jesus dealt oh-so-cleverly with the trap set for Him. He was slow to speak in giving judgment but listened to them with patience to abundantly show mercy. He is merciful (Psalm 103:8-10)
They wanted immediate judgment and kept asking same question, “What do You say?” And Jesus said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Wow! It was like a pandemonium that caused the dispersal of people in a wink. The members of the accusing committee went out one by one leaving Jesus alone with the condemned woman. Their conscience was convicted by this saying and their pride made them to flee instead of seeking mercy. The law was born out of sin and those ruled by the law are subjects to sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
Jesus softly asked the woman, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” Jesus said to her.
We can see how gently Jesus dealt with the broken woman. She found hope to live again and not just to live, but to live righteously. The gentle gracious Christ must have made her to want to know Him. Her ashes turned to beauty; she received marvelous light not to go back to the awry darkly sin of adultery again. Her mess received a message of a purity kind of life.
Jesus always gives hope of salvation to sinners (2 Peter 3:9). The vilest offender who truly believes will receive a pardon a little moment with Jesus. Apostle Paul was an example (1 Timothy 1:15). Jesus loves you. He saved and He still saves. The woman was clearly in the wrong but Jesus never condemned her. Yes, He hates sin because sin makes us to miss the target – reflecting His love and holiness in the world. This is why we are reconciled to the Father while we let go of our old sinful life (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
The devil ONLY makes you feel unworthy of God, causing you to run from Him in shame because of sin. Reject those lies and feelings of shame. The Holy Spirit will lovingly highlight your sin, and greatly draw you back to Himself. God is gracious and He’s committed to making us more like His Son. (2 Corinthians 5: 17)
Come to Jesus just as you are and be sure of ONE THING – Redemption, not condemnation (Romans 8:1).