“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.””
One of the greatest examples of God’s grace in the New Testament, is today’s story of the woman caught in adultery, found in John chapter 8. There is no getting away from the fact that the woman who had been found “in the very act of adultery” was completely guilty under Jewish law and by God’s holy standards. It is plain to see, clear as day, there in black and white; She was an adulteress. Yet Jesus’ response to this lady, was not one of condemnation but of acceptance, love and grace. Of course Jesus did not condone her actions at all. He clearly said to her, “Go and sin no more.” Jesus is against sin. Period. But rather than joining in with those who wanted to see her punished for her sin, Jesus truly showed why He came to this earth; to show God’s character of love, grace and acceptance. If there was anyone in the crowd that could condemn her, it would have been Jesus because He was without sin. But He didn’t.
This story really shows us an important picture about the character of God; both in our understanding of it, and our attitude to it. If God didn’t condemn a woman, who was clearly in the wrong, then how do you think He looks at us when we do wrong. With a stone in His hand, ready to throw at us? Never. He looks at us with His grace, bringing us into His embrace, as a loving parent to their child, gently reminding us of His grace and not condemnation, showing us His acceptance of who we are, and leading us into His holiness by forgiving our sin. Our crimson stains, our scarlet sins, are washed away by His love and made whole again in His grace.
Friends, know this. We are forgiven, loved and accepted, no matter how we look or what we have done. Go and sin no more, empowered by the grace you have received and changed by the radical love you are loved with.