We often seek to point out and condemn others for their sin but get offended when the same is done to us. We fail to see the meaning of the cross. As Believers we get caught up in the Law as the Pharisees did and we demand that others modify their behavior without actually discipling them into beholding the beauty of Jesus, his death and resurrection. We fail to invite them into His discipleship that transforms from the inside out. We often prefer to clean up the outside to make us all feel more comfortable and pious, failing to understand the transformed heart is the beginning of true change.
The Pharisees sought to test Jesus and the adulteress woman was merely collateral damage. They had no concern for genuinely leading her into repentance and relationship with Jesus. In fact, they were still missing, or outright denying, Jesus’ lordship, which is an even more blasphemous act than adultery.
Jesus confronts them in a most humble way without calling out their horrendous sin publicly, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
“Woman, where are your accusers?”
They left, the oldest first down to the youngest.
Jesus bypasses the Law and goes straight for the heart, “…neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”
“I am the Light of the World. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
He’s inviting us, sinners, into His discipleship, His leadership. He’s inviting us to bypass judgment and enter into freedom. He’s calling us out of a life of bondage and into an intimate relationship with Him as His purified Bride, ready to walk down the isle to the altar of the greatest marriage supper of all time!
Come, let us take His hand and dine with Him, The Beautiful, Resurrected Lamb, the Son of God, The Great I Am!