Has your sin ever been exposed to others?
All they could see was what you did and not who you were.
The Bible in John 8, speaks of a woman caught in the act of adultery.
Caught in the act…
The Pharisees and religious teachers of the time put on display what was kept behind closed doors.
This woman must have shrunk under their looks of judgment and condemnation. Yet, she was just a means to an end; a pawn in their game to trap Jesus with the Law.
Pinned down by their gazes, she stood and awaited her verdict. Would she live or be stoned?
As I’ve been meditating on this story, one thing became clear:
She is unfaithfulness personified.
Marriage is important to God and the Scriptures speak of it repeatedly. The story never makes clear who she was, only that she broke the sacredness of the marriage covenant. Yet, she’s not the only one who has been unfaithful – David and Bathsheba, Gomer and Hosea, the nation of Israel, and even the members of the Church. All have been guilty of adultery. Some in the sexual sense of the word but all in the breaking of our relationship with God. That’s what sin does.
Faithfulness is one of the attributes I love about God and yet, I’ve been all too aware of my own unfaithfulness. The times I look for other things to satisfy and take the place of God only to find that it doesn’t. Sin makes you sneak around God’s back, but you also have an accuser who goes before the Father day and night listing the many ways you fall short of God’s glory. God would be just in giving you what you deserve and yet John 8 beautifully illustrates His mercy.
Wouldn’t you love to know what He wrote on the dirt? I would but that’s not the important part of the story. The accused and guilty woman stood while the innocent lamb of God bowed low *Selah*
Religion vs. Relationship
Jesus never argues her innocence but instead points to our collective guiltiness.
Each Pharisee, from the eldest to the youngest, left the woman where she stood. Unfortunately, there’s still Pharisees in the church. They’re the ones who forget where Jesus took them from and have put on a false sense of peity like a decked out robe. They wear their religion on the outside but have lost their relationship with God on the inside.
Light of the World
“Even when your heart is unfaithful, God continues to be faithful. Not only is He faithful but His love pours over the dry places of your heart. You look for love in all the wrong places but still He keeps His arms wide open so you can find our way back to Him.
In hiding your shame in the dark places where no one ventures to see, Jesus is the light that shines brightly. He’s not surprised by your unfaithfulness. He gives you the same opportunity: Go and sin no more.
Jesus came to free you from the guilt and the burden of your sin. Your name is no longer “Sinner” but “Daughter”. Mistakes are part of life so let your heart rest knowing that through confession and repentance, you are no longer condemned. You’re set free from darkness. Now you can live, move and have your being in Him.
Sharing is caring – Do you believe you have been set free from your sin?