This well-known story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) points to the ugliness of sin in us all. “She” represents “us.” For none of us are without sin. And though the hearts of men had tried to trick Jesus, He stepped right over their traps and offered compassion instead, love, and forgiveness to this woman who needed to be rescued. Jesus’ silence before the accusers, his great wisdom in responding, his powerful words spoken straight to the heart of one who thought she’d be stoned shows His power to heal and set all of us free from our pasts, from ourselves. “Neither do I condemn you, go and leave your life of sin.” v. 11.
Though we don’t know what happened next, we do know that Jesus commissioned her with renewed purpose. He did not condemn or shame her as others had, but instead brought healing and hope. And I can’t help but believe that she followed his words for the rest of her days. Because she’d found a place free from shame and condemnation, she’d found a place of safety and peace, it was right at the feet of Jesus. And you can’t help but be changed when you’re face down at the Savior’s feet.
Truth: Jesus came to heal us spiritually and set us free from sin. He came to make a way where there was no other way. He is our Rescuer and our Defender. If you find yourself down today, in a pit of worry, fear, sin, or struggle, look up. Straight to Jesus. He will not condemn you, or shame you, but offers forgiveness and grace for a fresh start. Get up and move forward. You are strong in Him.
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Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also on Twitter and at her blog www.debbiemcdaniel.com.