HE CAME TO SAVE SINNERS
In John 8: 3 – 11, it was recorded that:
The Scribes and Pharisees brought before the Lord a woman who was caught in adultery. They were testing Him to see what He would say, and they said to Jesus, “Moses in the law said she must be stoned to death, what do you say?” Actually, Moses had said that BOTH should be stoned to death. The self righteous knew nothing about grace and mercy, and they were about to learn an embarrassing lesson from Jesus who was full of grace and truth.
The First Lesson …. was His instruction on hypocrisy. Jesus taught Matthew 7: 3 – 5 “Why do you look at the speck in your brothers eye, and do not consider the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the log from your own eye , and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers eye.”
But this human nature isn’t it? We are prone to be quick to judge others and be hard on them, but to go easy on ourselves, when it should be other way round.
The Second Lesson …. was when the Lord Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear them. Again these hypocrites came under deep conviction of sin, not by what the Lord wrote, but by the words He spoke, “He who has no sin, let him cast the first stone.”
After this they, “all walked away, beginning at the eldest to the youngest.”
The Third Lesson …. was when Jesus looked at the accused and said, “Where are those who accuse you, has no one condemned you? The woman answered, no one Lord, so Jesus said to her, “neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” The sins of this poor woman are no worse than other sins we have all committed. Isaiah’s prophecy which he wrote 700 years earlier said, “All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to his own way and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
John 3: 17 says “God sent His son into the world, not to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.”
This precious soul accepted Jesus as her Lord and found His forgiveness.
NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST JESUS
Jesus has given all who trust in Him this wonderful promise, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8: 1a
“I hear the accuser roar of the things that I have done, I know them all, and a thousand more, but Jehovah sees not one.”
JESUS CHRIST INDEED CAME TO SAVE SINNERS – and this story told in John 8: 3 – 11 is really a beautiful illustration of it.
Written by John Denman
Photos by Tom Wells