Where are your accusers?

5 Feb

This story is often called “the woman who was caught in adultery.” Not the most flattering thing to be known for. She has no name. Her sin is what identifies her. We don’t know how old she was or if she had any kids, we simply find her in this situation in Luke 8:1-11.

The story says that Jesus was speaking to a crowd when all of a sudden the religious leaders interrupted. They had a woman with them who had been caught in the act of adultery, which most likely means she was having sex with another woman’s husband.

The laws at this time ordered this woman to be stoned to death because of her sin and the people were prepared to do it. They were just waiting on Jesus’ approval.

Pause: Can you imagine what this woman was feeling? Here she was completely exposed in front of a crowd of people, the religious leaders, and Jesus. Everyone knows her sin and she is about to be stoned to death. Can you imagine the shame she felt? How would you feel if your sin was out in the open for everyone to see… including Jesus?

If you don’t know the end of this story, you might think that Jesus scolded her.  Maybe He preached at her about how she is wicked and going to hell for her sin. Maybe he picked up a rock and joined in with the people to punish her for her actions.

But he didn’t. How Jesus responded confounded the religious people. But, Jesus never did anything predictable.

Pause:  Think about what your first response is when you hear about a woman sleeping with someone else’s husband. We usually assume the worst about a person’s character. 

Jesus does not define her by her sin. 

How Jesus responded is the key. The people are getting ready to stone her when Jesus says, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” There is only one person who qualifies.

That person is Jesus. Jesus is the only person who has never sinned, and would have the right to throw the first stone and condemn the woman for her sin. But he doesn’t.

Jesus waits around until all the people leave, until it is just him and the woman. He asks her, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”  She answers, “No, Lord.” He says, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more. “

Jesus, the savior who died for the sins of the world, the only person who never sinned, is face to face with this woman caught in sin, yet he does not condemn her.  He saves her life and all he asks is that she goes and sins no more. He didn’t ask about the details of her past or what she had done, He simply tells her to sin no more.

I hope this encourages you.

We have all sinned. None of us have the right to judge one another because we are all guilty when we stand in front of Jesus.

Maybe you have a past that you are ashamed of, and you think that you could never come close to Jesus because of your sin.

Or maybe you are involved in sin right now and too scared to come close to Jesus.

Jesus does not define you by your sin.

He is not going to pick up the stone against you. The same that was true for the woman is true for you today, He does not condemn you. He already knows all you’ve done and where you’ve been. All that he cares about is that you come to him, and then go and sin no more.

Where are your accusers? Who can condemn you? If Jesus doesn’t, then NO ONE CAN.

So do as Jesus says, go and sin no more. You have been forgiven. No one can condemn you.

 

Think about it…

Do you relate to the woman in this story?

What does Jesus’ response mean to you?

 

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4 Responses to “Where are your accusers?”

  1. Stephanie February 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Love the message here! Keep it up! I will recommend this to the youth leader at my church too… Thanks!

  2. grace February 7, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    There have been times when I have been ashamed of the sins I have committed and I would be completely embarrassed if people found out about them, I can’t imagine being that woman. Praise God for His mercy.

  3. Grace February 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Cool blog,looking to communicate

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