She stood in the temple grounds. Her accusers surrounded her. Relentlessly, they laid out the charge of her crime. Any attempt of self-defence would be futile. She was on trial and they had a case on her.
She was an adulterer.
The verdict: Condemned.
In our lives today this same scenario plays out in many different ways. We hear voices of accusations that sentence us to condemnation. They tell us we will never be good enough. They say we are useless and worthless, doomed for failure.
There are only two ways these voices find their way in – unresolved guilt and unrealistic expectations.
This woman had unresolved guilt. She had done wrong and her accusers trapped her in her sin. In the same way, when we make mistakes, our guilt gives a case for the voices of accusations to rage on.
The second is unrealistic expectations. We create a standard of perfection that is impossible to attain. We try and we fail. We try and we fail. We see a mark that is so far off, but ignore the steps of progression we made in the process. We demand perfection of ourselves but in reality, excellence is what we should strive for. Perfection is the fear of making mistakes. Whereas, excellence is the striving to be perfect, ever looking for opportunities to improve. We trap ourselves in the quest for perfection. We fail perfection and the voices find a way in.
The voices are merciless. Their intent, solely to destroy.
The woman stood scared, shaking, humiliated. The crowd brought her to Jesus and demanded a verdict be passed. Amidst the commotion, Jesus calmly lowered Himself to the ground. With His finger, He began writing on the sand. The crowd pushed in harder. They were getting more and more aggressive by the minute. As the voices raged on, Jesus stood back up and said “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” Stooping back down, Jesus left His words to ring a silent conviction in their hearts, and continued writing in the sand. Slowly but surely, the accusations died down, and one by one her accusers left.
Jesus was no ordinary man. He came into the world as God robed in human flesh so that anyone who would believe in Him would not perish but find everlasting life. Those that believe in Him will not be condemned. He shines His light in the darkness and reveals its works. He does it not to shame us but to reveal our need for a Saviour. He knew her sin but did not condemn her like the others did.
Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins. He came to bear the punishment for our sins by His death on the cross. Yet He did not stop there. With his burial, He erased every record of our wrong that none might find any grounds of accusation. And in His resurrection, He gave us a victorious life of liberty!
Today, because of the finish work of Jesus Christ, there is hope! We go to trial not on our own defence. But with the blood of Jesus Christ. I stand accused but not condemned! Jesus paid the price for my sin! There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus!
We will hear the voices of accusation. But there is now a way to overcome them! We overcome condemnation by the blood of Jesus Christ! We remind the accuser that the price for my sins have been paid in full! There is no case! To the jury, there are no witnesses! In that belief, we live our lives trusting God and obeying Him!
“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” 1 John 3:20-22 (KJV)
Every time you hear the voice of the accuser, remind him that there is no case! I believe God! I will trust and obey Him! I will walk in the light that He has shown me. There is enough mercy and blood to cover our sins and mistakes. It is like having a redemption coupon in our hands. We go to the counter to redeem the item. I do not have to pay the price. Someone else already did. All I do is exchange the coupon for the item. That is the same with the forgiveness of Jesus Christ! He has already paid the price for my sins. I am redeemed!
Everyone had left the scene. Now standing alone with the woman, Jesus lifted up His face and looked upon her, “Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?”
The woman nervously peeked through her hands that covered her face. Disbelieving, she realised not one of her accusers were left in sight. She swallowed hard and mustered up a shaking voice in reply, “No man, Lord.”
Looking into her eyes, Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”