John 8:2-12, “Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”
Jesus, with His infinite wisdom, has ways of handling even the most intelligent people. In this story, the scribes and Pharisees tried to outsmart Jesus, but came up woefully short. Using the law, they tried to condemn someone without first condemning themselves for their broken laws. Jesus’ perfect life is the only life that perfected the law.
How often do people want to look at others and point fingers at what others are doing? All the time! People are very quick at pointing out what other people do wrong, but when it comes to what they did wrong, they are much slower. I find myself guilty of this more often than I want to admit. One look at the media and you will see more articles of people doing wrong than doing right. This is because people are more concerned with other people and the wrong things they do to justify how “good” they are.
Jesus is the Light of the World. The perfect Light that never sinned. All who follow Jesus will be in that light and be out of the darkness. Sin will try to hold you down and make you feel like you are less than you are. Sin will make the walls feel like they are closing in around you. Jesus can stop those effects. His perfect gift elminates the effect that sin has on us. Sin has no more hold on the life of the believer.
Think you have done too much to ever be accepted by God? You are wrong. If you aask for forgivness and believe in God, you can have the gift that God offers. The gift of eternal life. This woman in the story was facing certain death but Jesus saved her life. Her physical life and potentially her spiritual life. There is no account of her accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior but I am sure that this event made her think about her life and consider change.
You are my Light. Thank You for taking us in and replacing our darkness with light. You alone are worthy of the honor and praise for all that You are. I pray that you are the Light in the lives of all Your creation. In a world that is dark, You can be its Light if they only believe. Light for the dark, sinful soul. If someone doesn’t know You, I pray that they come to know you more.