“When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11 NKJV
The context of the story here is that the religious leaders were trying to trip Jesus up; they wanted to get him to do or say something He shouldn’t and they brought this woman before Him. A woman caught doing something she shouldn’t (John 8 talks about it in detail.) We don’t have her name, only that she is described as ‘the woman’.
When I read this story in the gospel, often I picture myself as the religious leader. Quick to cast blame and condemn but slow to want to take a look at myself. The woman in the story is broken, needing Jesus to show up. I am broken, with parts of my life that desperately need Jesus to show up and redeem. So often I am the religious leader and the person I am condemning is myself. Do you find yourself doing that? Condemning yourself for something you have done, are doing, an area that needs Jesus to show up & shine His light of grace on it.
What is beautiful to me, is that is exactly what Jesus did here. He showed up & shined His light of grace. He told the woman she was not condemned but then he added something, “Go and sin no more.” “Go and sin no more” how is that possible? I am not perfect, I fall on my face daily. I am grumpy with my kids, or quick to judge a situation without knowing the circumstances, worrying about something that is completely out of my control. Yet Jesus says “go and sin no more”, what was He getting at? I think He was getting at the fact that her trajectory needed to change. That He was not condemning her, but giving her an opportunity to change her trajectory, to have the direction of her life point towards Him. There are habits that I have that I need to leave and change my direction on….one that I am learning and leaning into is how busy I am and should be. Finding the balance of life that Jesus wants me to have. I have habits that are a continuing work in progress, anxiety and worry, pride, self-worth, I am a daily work in progress. It’s about trajectory. With Jesus I can and am changing my trajectory….without Him, it’s impossible to have the trajectory both He and I want. It’s thru a relationship with Him. He loved the woman. He loves me. He loves you. His love and grace is powerful.
What about you? What is Jesus wanting to redeem? Wanting you to understand that He is not condemning you and that He wants your trajectory to be different? Maybe it’s by starting to have a relationship with Him. He wants what is best for you. Maybe it is you leaning in and loving someone whose trajectory is changing and they need some encouragement.
Today…..learning to follow, listen and obey; trusting in the ONE who loves me and HE loves you too.
Scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New King James Version
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