What Would Jesus Say [Part 1]
By Alan Wright — December 29, 2017
Are you ready for some good news?
When you hear Jesus speak, shame falls to the ground.
Today’s Text: “Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”” (John 8:10–11, ESV)
In John 8, we read the story of a woman caught in the act of adultery, who is sentenced by the Pharisees to be stoned to death. The irony of this story is that both the Pharisees and the woman are living their lives out of shame. Shame can make you pursue something that seems very good or something that seems very bad. The Pharisees’ shame caused them to try to fulfill every letter of the law. The woman’s shame led her to seek love in all the wrong places.
So the Pharisees, the shamed ones, grabbed hold of this woman to trap her in shame. Don’t you love what happened next? Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground. We don’t know what he was writing, but I think it had to do with the Pharisees’ sins. I don’t think Jesus even looked up as he wrote. I think he just listened as the Pharisees dropped their stones on the ground and shuffled away. And then he stood; no doubt he wanted to look the woman in the eyes.
“Where are your accusers?” Jesus asked. “Has no one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you.”
That’s the healing moment. Jesus had the woman’s undivided attention. She wasn’t listening to what any other man had said. She couldn’t hear the shame.
She was listening to her Savior.
When you listen to Jesus’ voice, shame falls to the ground. When you listen to Jesus’ voice, you are free. And that’s the Gospel!