Monday: 8th April, 2019
Reference text: John 8:1-11
John 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
In the Gospel of today, Jesus initially refuses to give his opinion when the Pharisees and Scribes brought their charges against the woman said to have been caught in adultery. When he lifted up his head to respond after their hard pressing, the words he uttered seemed to suggest an entirely different proposition to what the law demanded.
You could say all indications hinted that Jesus was condoning a crime and shielding a ‘sinner’ from prosecution. However, that statement is far from the truth because His words neither condoned the sin nor did it condemn the sinner. In fact, in a single sentence, Jesus offered two things: ‘mercy to the sinner’ and expressed his desire for a ‘dissociation from sin’.
Many of us grew up being taught as children that sin makes us enemies of God, and we get minus points from Him. Even in some cases, we are told God hates the sinner. Many believers are therefore left unexposed to a very important facet of our God- that He is the God of mercy. Consequently, they grow up carrying the knowledge of a God who looks forward to punishing the sinner.
Beloved, God has no desire to condemn, but to convict us. Without mincing words, even though He does hate sin, He does not hate ‘the sinner’. Whenever we are convicted, it is because we are being invited by God to live differently- to live better than we currently are. So, sweetheart, you are not condemned, therefore, let go of the burden of guilt you have carried for so long and return to the mercy seat.
Remember # However far you have drifted, the throne of mercy and a God of mercy await your arrival.