We are living in crazy times. Our politicians hurl stinging accusations at one another without proof to back them up. News media outlets that at one time were trusted to report news, now cast blame on people before they have confirmed accusations and report things that have not been verified. People are turning on one another on social media platforms without even knowing the people they’re turning against. Bullying has become an increasing part of our children’s lives. It appears finding fault in others is becoming the basis of our social interactions.
In John Chapter 8 the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus who had been caught red-handed in the act of adultery. This was a very serious offense. Mosaic Law dictated that a woman caught in adultery was to be stoned to death. The Law also stated that the first stone was to be cast by the accuser. By asking Jesus what to do with her, the Jewish leaders thought they had given Jesus a no-win situation. If He told them to leave her alone, He would violate the Law and they might be able to make a case for arresting Him. But if He told them to stone her, He would have to go against the mercy, grace, and forgiveness He was known for and had become a large part of His teachings.
He took neither of the options the leaders thought they were forcing on Him. What He did instead teaches us a valuable lesson. So many times, we go after people for things they say or do only for the sake of proving they are at fault. Jesus made the point that we are all sinners. Anyone who takes an honest look at themselves and their own sinfulness will not be so quick to point an accusatory finger at someone else. I call that “looking into the mirror of truth.” Paul told us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). Jesus Christ is the only One to ever have lived a sinless life. He died for our sins, not His.
The story of the adulterous woman ends like this:
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” (John 8:10-11)
No one could cast the first stone. They were all guilty, too guilty to throw the stones. We should all consider looking into the mirror of truth before talking badly about someone. If we do that, we will find they deserve the same grace, mercy, and forgiveness Jesus has shown every one of us.
Have a great week and God bless.
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