The Bible says, “And JESUS said unto her [the woman taken in adultery], GO AND SIN NO MORE!” (John 8:11) Some people think JESUS the CHRIST is a fairy tale….a nice person who went around doing good deeds…an alien from out-of-space…or… an obsolete prophet. Some folks read the Bible at night in lieu of taking sleeping pills. Yet, we can watch all night movies on the television and the dirtiest of the dirt bag movies which are full of drugs, sex, and violence. As we fall asleep, we say, “Amen.”
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
In the Book of John (8:1-11), JESUS went into the temple early in the morning (taking His rightful place) to teach the people. Honey, where there is g-o-o-d, there is evil – make no mistake bout it! The dEVIL was present because the Pharisees came-a-running with a married woman who was caught in bed with a man. Point blank, the Pharisees said, “Master, this woman was taken in adultery in the very act.” (John 8:4) [Note: How ironic that the Pharisees called Jesus, “Master” as they rejected Him as the Messiah.] We don’t know this woman’s name…we don’t know the man’s name…and we don’t know if the man was married or not. Apparently, the story is only concerned with the woman’s promiscuity. Was she pretty, tall, short, or fat? We don’t know. Was she happily married? We don’t know. Did her husband have prostrate issues? We don’t know. Was her husband cheating on her? We don’t know. Was it right for her to be in bed with another man? NO!
Unfortunately, this woman and legally the man broke the Law of Moses, “Thou shalt not commit adultery or fornication!” We ain’t gonna touch the fornication issue in this Blog as some of you are already acting like kangaroos! But, we do know the woman was not alone in bed. WHERE WAS HER SEXUAL PARTNER? Since we don’t know his name, let’s call him Foo-foo. Most likely, Foo-foo pulled up his under-garments, put on his robe, and ran HOME after the mob pulled the woman out of bed. For this story’s sake, let’s place Foo-foo in the back row of the mob as he too carried a rock in his hand (justifying himself of the sin). Can’t you see the mob shouting obscenities at the woman (as if all of them were perfect citizens, husbands, boyfriends, wives, and girlfriends) while they dragged her through the streets to the temple? Is it necessary to stone a person caught in the act of adultery and, if so, should the punishment fit the crime? Let’s take a peak at Eastern culture as their courts condemn women caught in adultery. The executioners bury alive women (up to their waists) and they stone these women to death. During the “stoning,” a woman may beg for mercy but she does not receive forgiveness! Sometimes, an unhappy husband just wants to get rid of his wife and he yells out, adulterer! OMG! Perhaps, the husband is guilty of the same crime with another woman!
In general, people like to point fingers at other people caught in sin; but they forget their own thumbs “point backwards towards themselves.” Do you know somebody claiming to be an eye witness to a crime? For instance, he/she saw a thief stealing a package of meat in the supermarket and the witness told the loss prevention personnel or the store manager. Yet that same whistle blower picked up a candy bar to eat or drank a Pepsi soda failing to pay for it at the cash register! Is this considered stealing? In fact, if you take one piece of bubble gum without paying for it – it is considered stealing.
Today, what is JESUS saying to the World? Jesus came to save the lost and He did not come to judge – not at this time! Jesus could have said to the Pharisees and the mob, “Where is the man who was with this woman?” Instead, Jesus stooped down (twice) to write in the dirt and said, “He that is without sin among you let him cast the first stone!” (John 8:7) There was no one left in the crowd because all present were sinners – “NOBODY IS PERFECT!”
However, the end of the story is just as important as the beginning. Jesus told the woman caught in adultery, “GO and SIN NO MORE!” What does this mean to us? Well, a four year old child can tell you what it means – to stop and don’t do it again! As adults, we should not repeat the same sins over and over and over again. By now, we should overcome obstacles. The WORD tells us “Come out of your sins and be clean…thus saith the LORD of HOSTS!” The Lord GOD is forgiving, full of compassion, grace, and mercy. You may be feeling lowest of the low, but JESUS the CHRIST will change your life – if you repent and make an about-face towards HIM! Although “NOBODY IS PERFECT” and we are covered under the BLOOD of the LAMB, it does not give us a license to continue on sinning and sinning and sinning!
Have a Blessed Day!