WHAT DO YOU SAY?
The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” John 8:5 (NLT)
This verse is part of a story about the adulteress woman found in John 8:1-11. The Pharisees had caught this woman in the act of adultery; they brought her out to the public and exposed her sin before everyone, throwing shame, condemnation, judgment, and guilt upon her. Within a matter of seconds her life was quickly coming to an end. Her secrets were no longer secret and according to the law she had to die. Her actions now apparent to everyone, brought a wave of humiliation, fear, and shame. But there was a man who saw through all that. Jesus! In his merciful way He sidestepped the trap set before him by the Pharisees and addressed the greater issue at hand. Jesus simply stated, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:7).
How many times have we looked on someone else’s sin and thought that they deserved the punishment they were receiving? But honestly, was their sin greater than our sin? No, sin is sin. The consequences may be different or higher but the fact of the matter is, sin is sin. We cannot condemn others for their actions because we are all in the same boat—falling short of the glory of God. According to the law she deserved to die, but we all deserve to die. The price tag for doing our own thing is death. But Jesus Christ extended forgiveness and told the woman to “…Go and sin no more” (John 8:11).
We are equally all sinners but we are also equally all valuable. Jesus extends the same forgiveness to all, shouldn’t we?
Practical Application: Take an inventory of yourself. Look deep within. You will find imperfections. Some are not pretty, some will make you cringe. But as we allow God to clean to up our own mess, it is much easier to look at others with grace and mercy the way God looked at the forgiven woman in today’s devotion.