Have you ever been pulled over for speeding?
Although you knew the law, you disobeyed the law, but when the police officer caught you in the very act, instead of giving you a ticket, he gave you a warning. You didn’t have to pay for what you did because the officer covered the cost. What some people don’t realize is that the officer doesn’t give you grace to go back on the road to continue to speed, but he gives you grace to obey the law.
While Jesus was teaching in the temple, he was interrupted by the scribes and Pharisees. They brought to him a woman who was caught in adultery. They told Jesus that the law of Moses said to stone the woman, but they wanted to know what Jesus would say about this matter. If Jesus agreed that the woman should be stoned, what would the people think since he was thought of as ‘a friend of publicans and sinners’? Did he not say that he had power on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6)? On the other hand, if Jesus said that the woman should not be stoned, he would have been accused of breaking the law, which would have led to his arrest.
The scribes and Pharisees used this woman to accuse Jesus of something so that He may be arrested. Had she not been used enough? It was the devil who had been using her to sin against her own body and to lure and destroy the souls of men (1 Corinthians 6:18; Proverbs 6:32).
The scribes and Pharisees didn’t minister to her like Jesus did with the woman at the well. No one prayed for her or prayed with her. They wanted her to die, to suffer and to pay for what she did. They took pleasure in exposing her sin. Although they had done things they shouldn’t have done, they thought that what she did was worse than what they did. They thought they were better than her. If they had taken time to speak with this woman, maybe they would have found out that she was molested as a child and this opened the door to promiscuity or maybe that she didn’t love herself, which was why she was seeking love in all the wrong places. This woman was not proud of what she was doing because if she was, she would have been doing this openly and not secretly.
They didn’t care about this woman or her soul, but what was meant for evil was turned around for her good. They wanted to sentence her to death, but the Life gave her life. When you think about it, they actually did her favor. Her deeds were done in the dark, but they brought her deeds to the Light. If she hadn’t been caught, she would have continued in sin, but when she met Jesus, her life changed. A lot of us would still be doing things that we know we shouldn’t do. We would still be enjoying the pleasures of sin, but God knew that would only last for a season.
The moment we got caught, our season was up.
Jesus didn’t condemn her and He didn’t beat her over the head about what she had done wrong. She knew what she was doing was wrong. Jesus simply forgave her and told her to ‘go and sin no more’. In other words, ‘I forgive you so forgive yourself and move on’. He didn’t let her die in the state she was in. He gave her grace to change. Law revealed her sin, but grace forgave her sin and if it wasn’t for the law, she would have never known that she needed grace.
If Jesus could change water, He can change you because He created both. Don’t count people out. Don’t say that they will never change. You don’t know who God is dealing with and don’t count yourself out either. God loves you. When you fall, God gives you grace to get back up again.
God doesn’t live in your past and neither should you. Get past your past. He has given you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). If God is dealing with you about something, He is not revealing it to make you feel ashamed or embarrassed. Jesus never embarrassed the woman. All He wants is for you to come to Him and repent. God doesn’t want you to lie or try to cover up what you did. He wants you to be honest, admit your wrongs and ask for His help.
When Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”, her accusers left one by one, but Grace was still with her. He never turned His back on her.
People saw when you fell in sin, but they are about to see you stand in His grace. The same grace that Jesus gave this woman is the same grace He has given you and all of your accusers are scattering now in the name of Jesus.
But remember, God hasn’t given you grace to continue in sin. He has given you grace to obey Him.