Neither Do I Condemn You

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Where are your accusers?

This story found in beloved John’s gospel is one of my favorites. We are not told how or with whom she found herself in the sin of adultery. Only that she was caught. The shame, guilt, and expectation of punishment she must have felt as her sin was publicly exposed must have been overwhelming as she humbled herself at Jesus feet.

This in many ways is your story and mine. Caught up in our sins whatever they may be we are accused by the one who provides the opportunity and temptation to sin, and find ourselves at the feet of Jesus. Guilty as charged.

Jesus had two choices. He could have allowed the prescribed punishment in the law that He himself wrote, death by stoning or He could show mercy and allow her to go free. The reason Scripture tells us for bringing the woman “They asked this to test him, so that they might have evidence to accuse him.” Jesus however does the unexpected. Instead of challenging the ones who brought her to Him, or addressing the woman,

He writes in the dirt.  As He does so the accusers keep demanding an answer.  Finally He says,  “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  The angry little mob fell silent and stole away, one by one. The trembling woman and Jesus were left standing together.

“Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” he asked her.

“No one.”

Jesus brushed the dirt from his hands. “Then neither do I condemn you,” he told her. “Go now, and leave your life of sin.”

This is why I love this story. It should give you and I hope as find ourselves “caught” in sin. Jesus did not ask for a promise to change before He forgave her sin. And He does not ask that of you and I. Instead He forgives and offers an opportunity free from guilt, condemnation and fear to choose a better way, a better life. An opportunity for a fresh start, to leave our life of sin behind. When we confess our sin, He is faithful to forgive our sin. And then we can sing with a free and grateful heart,

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace….

Amen

 

 

 

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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