Jesus Writes on the Ground

As the Pharisees wait for an answer of judgment on the adulterous women, Jesus stooped over and wrote with his finger on the ground. He did so to separate the sinner from those that would condemn her and to deliver the sinner into freedom. He stilled the voice of her accuser and displayed a mercy that had the power to change her.
The Pharisees brought the women to the right person but for the wrong reason. They brought her to Jesus for judgement for sin, instead of help for her sins. There is nothing wrong with the law in its ability to condemn us but it can’t help us live up to its standard. The law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. The purpose of the law was not death to people but death to sin. The purpose of the law is life and righteousness. In His life Jesus fulfilled the law not destroyed it and through His love, forgiveness and empowering grace Jesus can fulfilled the law in us.
The only one without sin, cast no stones but instead said “Go and sin no more.” Grace doesn’t free us to continue sinning but it tells us what type of life, is now possible. Grace releases empowering gratitude and life changing self-worth and value.
Friend, the best thing that happened to the woman and to us, was that we were caught by the law and brought to Jesus.


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