November 9th, 2016
Conviction Persuades Man to See Sin God’s Way
John 8:9 (KJB) And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
A boisterous crowd had gathered around to witness what was about to take place. A woman had been caught in the act of adultery and brought before Jesus. These people were not interested in her estranged spiritual heart condition but were only concerned with what she had done. They wanted her brazen and indiscreet living to be brought out and her to receive just punishment (in their eyes) for her loose living.
The recompense for adultery in ancient biblical times was stoning. These men had all gathered, likely with stones ready to pummel this woman, already in hand. They anticipated that would be the direction Jesus, who was both the judge and jury, would choose. After all, stoning was according to the law.
Just when a man thinks he understands what Jesus will do he is often in for a hard-hitting spiritual lesson of his own. Jesus operates according to His own will often far removed from man’s limited anticipation or understanding of matters at hand.
These men were instantly silenced by the prodding of their own conscious.
They were brought down low by the disturbing glare of their own sinful nature.
They saw their own image in God’s mirror and shuddered and sighed at the truth of who they were.
What right did they have to ostracize this woman when their own lives left much to be desired when measured against the spiritual plumb line of perfection God has set forth for all mankind to follow.
No man measures up.
This woman certainly did not measure up.
Each man instantaneously shut his mouth and dropped his stone and quietly walked away from this sinful woman left alone with Jesus. Jesus accepted this woman just as she was. Through the inside work of His unmeasurable unconditional love and grace, she began to desire what God desired for her life.
We must all see our sinful nature through the holy lens of God. Only then can mankind place faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ when he measures himself against the holiness and perfection of God.