In all seriousness, doing something of this nature terrifies me. Simply because I feel that I am not qualified to write a sermon. I do not feel that I could teach something. But the greatest fear of is that I know that God is going to unhinge some things that I have in my philosophy about myself. What I am going to speak on is something that I rarely do for myself. Jesus has, well, continues to have compassion for people, like you and me. I feel that He wants me to learn that He simply loves me and wants me to be close, intimate with Him again. This story is close to my heart because there are parts of myself that I see on both sides.
Let’s read John 8:1-11,
1but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Jesus asked those without sin to cast the first stone, since it was custom to stone people in those times. However, no one was without except Jesus. How can we as people judge another, when we have sinned ourselves?
1“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
Not one person should judge another, for how we judge another, we will be judged. No one stayed to judge the woman, because they would in turn have to stone themselves for the sins that they committed.
Jesus was compassionate towards the woman that they brought to Him. He forgave her for her sins, telling her to sin no more. Now that tells me many things, but the thing that sticks out the most to me, is that he did not condemn her, He did not stone her. He in fact, He just told her that her sins had been forgiven, that she is loved unconditionally, and to not continue in the same lifestyle that she was in before.
Jesus’ compassion moves through my heart wildly, because I fail in that area myself. God simply reminds me often how he loves me unconditionally and how my love is supposed to be towards myself and towards others. I feel as if Jesus was telling the woman, well, myself that “You do not have to give yourself away to anyone except for me, that I am more than enough for you and I do not want you to continue the path that you are going.” No one knows what was written in the sand between Jesus and the woman, however I feel that Jesus wrote about love. Tell her or anyone that is in her place that they are loved. I can see Jesus writing “For I love you more than you will ever know, daughter or son. You are redeemed and made whole. Have peace in your soul because you are my masterpiece.” In close, I feel that God wanted to state a reminder about what love was and how it should be displayed. But no one can compare to what Jesus as done on the Cross. . We are given a reminder in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.