Early in the morning – fresh in the act
She may have very well been stoned to death, a right and fair judgment but, having been brought before the Saviour, she found mercy in His sight, and the Lord allowed her life, even everlasting life should she go, and sin no more.
Disclosed within this moment is life and death. This adulterous woman was brought before Jesus to find guilt in Him, to test Him. Instead, He found guilt in everyone else that was eager to kill this woman, including the woman because He denied not her sin, but knew He was the soon and final sacrifice for all sin.
In this very moment of everyday regular living, the Lord on high, maker of all things granted her life instead of death. Freedom instead of bondage, Heaven instead of Hell. He offered her accusers the same. But they hadn’t the heart nor ears to perceive such wonder. Instead choosing to strengthen their hate towards Jesus all the more. Yet notwithstanding, had even one considered the mercy Jesus just gave, they too might have asked the same grace to be given to them since, by dropping all the stones they proved they had abounded in sin just the same as this woman.
Sin accuses sin. Your sins will accuse you. They are bound to you, and they know it, and revel in it. Sin takes pleasure in your destruction.
When Jesus asked the woman where her accusers were, it’s as though He equally asked, “Where is your sin?” Once read through one understands with clarity that all who had rightly accused her had left (without the rocks). Thus, the same conclusion with her sin. Gone and without her rightful judgment…death. Jesus shamed the sin that clung tightly to her. The sin that kept her a slave to it. The sin that boasted to testify against her ensuring of her apparent death.
Jesus, as the scripture says, stooped down while being interrupted and interrogated by the crowd early in the morning as He was teaching, only He acted as if did not hear them. He waited. He spent time to write in the dirt something not disclosed to us. This reminds me of His holy word, written by the will, power, wisdom, understanding and knowledge of the Holy Spirit. The Bible, holy and true, is, like Jesus’ writing in the sand, written of God. He waits just the same for the crowds of this generation to put down their stones – signifying they too, are sinners. Likewise, He waits for those whose sins are evident to us all – come, stand before Him now that He might have mercy on you. And, He waits for His own appointed time of time. He gets up when He decides to.
Jesus was yet to die before He’d decide to have mercy on the woman. Even now does the Lord decide to have mercy on the sinner before he or she should die from this world without Him and entering into the next just the same.
He waits. He waits for you, and many, many more. And as He asked, so do I ask, “Where are your accusers?” …Where is your sin? All about you, or cast away into the sea of forgetfulness?
Lord, your judgment is just. You are fair and divide all matters rightly. Yet your mercy is great. Yet you seek to redeem the lost and give light to the dark. Might the blind see that you waited on the crowd, might the fool who has said, ” There is no God” be made wise? For you wait, my Father, you wait and you wait and you wait, that if even one should receive you, you will deliver. Glory to the Highest! Your name is above all names ever named. Glory. Glory. Glory. Jesus Christ the King eternal.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.“