There is Now No More Condemnation

There is Now No More Condemnation

A story is told in the book of John 8:3-11 of a certain woman who was caught in the very act of adultery. She was brought before Jesus by the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. They quoted the law of Moses citing that such a woman, according to the law, was eligible for death, and not just death, but be stoned to death. They waited for Jesus to answer but He did something else. He bent over and wrote on the ground with His finger but they kept on asking Him questions perhaps insisting that He should give way for them to accomplish the task. It’s clear that Jesus stood in between and His word was going to be final.

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin” ~ John 8:7-11

We cannot deny the fact that we live in a society full of women and men who are ready to pinpoint our mistakes and shortcomings anytime. They always look at us with a judgmental eye and their hearts are full of the same judgmental attitude like those with the Pharisees and teachers of the law. They clearly see the evil in others while being blind to the evil that resides in their own hearts.

The above woman lived in such a society, where everything was expected to be perfect in her life. Her life was being gauged and scrutinized under the law of Moses. She was caught committing adultery by the people who knew law than the others and she was put under judgment. Just that this time, they decided to go through Jesus to hear what He had to say. Am sure these guys had stones in their hands ready for action. But unknown to them, Jesus was not an ordinary teacher of the law, He was the savior of the world and the entire human race and though law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Him. He had come to save, not to judge or condemn sinners. This is why He did not overturn the law because there was nothing wrong with it. Instead, He re-established righteousness on the basis of grace.

We all fall in the category of this woman in the sense that, in one way or the other, we have been ‘caught’ in our sins. Sometimes we feel guilty and so terrible that we are even ashamed of ourselves. The enemy, the devil, is always ready to point an accusing finger at us. The Bible calls him ‘the accuser of brethren.’ He constantly uses our sins to condemn us and more often than not, we agree with him. We tend to think we are the worst people that have ever walked the face of the earth. This only compounds our guilt and terrible feeling that we find ourselves in the same position as this woman.

She didn’t utter even a single word all the time her accusers were condemning her to die. It took Jesus for her to be restored back. By that time they were gone. This is the same way it happens to us. Jesus is a faithful redeemer and Savior and all the time, He tampers justice with mercy. He always has the final say. Even when we can’t defend ourselves before those who condemn and accuse us, He defends, saves, forgives and restores us back.

Jesus forgave her and told her that she is condemned no more. Her sins were now forgiven and she was whole again as if she had never sinned her entire life. He commanded the woman not to sin again not because she might be stoned and won’t be there to rescue her but because grace had rescued her. She was now a child of God and possessed a new identity. This means if you are in Christ Jesus, you are a new creation and free from condemnation.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death ~ Romans 8:1-2

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Comments

  1. You’ve put the lesson so simply with one person’s example. Jesus had compassion, even on an obvious sinner. He has compassion for every sinner today, too.

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