Monday: March 30, 2020
John 8:3 The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law of Moses brought in a woman who had been caught in bed with a man who wasn’t her husband. They made her stand in the middle of the crowd.
A stage may be defined as a raised platform on which a performance is carried out. In effect therefore, a stage is designed largely to be in the view of an entire audience and is grande enough to command a significant degree of attention. Even where possible, it is positioned in the middle of the audience.
A stage is thus mounted mainly to elevate a person, a process or an action. But today, the stage presented was a very unique kind and intended for an entirely different purpose. The Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery and placed her in the centre of the court- they turned her into a stage. This time, the intention behind their action was to condemn her and entrap Jesus in the process. For this, they needed all eyes to be fixed on her since the probing eyes of others usually triggers specific responses, mainly to conform.
But if there is something we can associate with Jesus, whenever he got involved, any stage mounted intending to end in shame, resulted in glory. Right from the wedding at Cana where the end would have been a grand failure to today’s encounter with the woman who was offered mercy instead of condemnation or His crucifixion, the highest stage that has become the centre piece of our faith. He was glorified.
Beloved, many stages may be mounted, some without our consent and with motives that are not intended for our good.
But when we walk with the Lord, in the light of His word, he sheds His glory on our ways such that every stage becomes a platform that results in our elevation.