Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

He just took my place

A woman caught in the very net of adultery. She was dragged from the place they discovered her and taken mercilessly to the Temple where Jesus was teaching. The woman stood there, probably half naked, looking down at the ground publicly humiliated. Tears rolling slowly down her cheeks as she stands there totally humiliated as they ridicule her further. She is in front of a man that is totally unlike any other she has encountered before.

While they degraded her, he said nothing but stoop down and wrote (The woman: "I listened to them, yet I watched him, wondering what did he write."
The Pharisees and Scribes said to Jesus "Moses commands that such should be stoned to death but what do you say?" This put Jesus in an uneasy situation. If he say, "stone her" then he is a cruel redeemer; yet, if he says "let her go", then he would be in total violation of the Mosaic law. So our lord would do the unthinkable.

When he should have been answering the question, he didn't answer, he just stood there, bent down and wrote on the ground (as if he didn't hear them.) they continue to ask him about his opinion, yet it was neither valued nor respected.

He raised up, spoke and said, "He that is without sin cast a stone at her." Whoah! What a statement? No one was righteous, no not one. If they were, then they didn't die on Calvary? King David let's us know that we were all born in sin and shaped in iniquity.

When he finished his statement, he stooped back down and continued his writing on the ground. They were convicted of their sin. They went out one by one - from the oldest to the younger. Jesus was left alone with the woman. The woman no doubt was standing there in awe of Jesus.

Jesus stood up and saw only the woman. He asked her, "Woman (madam) where are these thine (your) accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?" He had to get them off her sin to get them to look at "The Man in the Mirror" - Themselves. The law could only reveal to them what sin was; yet, giving them no power to save themselves - only Jesus Christ and him crucified could redeem mankind.

Her response, "no man Lord."

Jesus: "neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

How could he justify her in her sin and let her go free? He would do so and could do so by defying ALL. He would die for her; therefore paying the penalty of sin owed to God and do so for all mankind. John 3:17-18 says, "For god sent not his son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believith not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God."

On behalf of Jesus Christ - you aren't Condemned (if you believe in Jesus) i.e. NOT GUILTY - Go and Sin No More! Have a Blessed Day!






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