Summary: How can God be a God of justice...and forgive sin? How can He be a God of love and punish sin? What is the answer?
John 8:1-11-But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
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.”
Verse 4-5-The young man who’s parents was given a 2,500 ticket for using the bathroom outside, he was in his own yard, and he was 3 years old!
The were going to uphold the law, but where was the man, he was also suppose to be punished!
There was a Jewish law that stated that the man is to be enclosed in manure up to his knees and a soft towel inside a rough towel tied around his neck and two people on each side pull until he strangles; and the soft towel on the inside was so the rough towel left no marks, so his execution would be symbolically accomplished by God Himself.
There would be no human mark on him.
They are not interested in uphold the law, they are interested in trapping Jesus!
We find that in the world today, most people are not interested in finding out if Jesus is who He says He is, they would much rather debate about, or argue about, than really research and find out the truth!
Then there are those ones who love pointing out the faults of others, they act so self-righteous!
But Jesus has a answer for both kinds of people!
But What Do You Say-Here is the dilemma, How does God balance His justice with His mercy?
If God is a God of righteousness and a God of justice and a God of judgment by His holy nature, she must die. If God is a God of love and of grace and of kindness and of mercy and forgiveness, she must live.
How can God be a God of justice...and forgive sin? How can He be a God of love and punish sin?
What is the answer? I believe Jesus is the answer, that is how He can punish the sin and not the sinner!
But back to Jesus’ dilemma, look how He answers their question.
He Who Is Without Sin Among You, Let Him Throw A Stone At Her First-What Jesus is saying is, “This is God's business, not yours, you don't even have a right to bring up the issue!”
Then Those Who Heard It, Being Convicted By Their Conscience, Went Out One By One, Beginning With The Oldest Even To The Last-Let me ask you a question...If you were convicted of sin by your conscience in the presence of Jesus Christ, what would you do? Would you run to Christ for forgiveness or would you run away?
Woman, Where Are Those Accusers Of Yours? Has No One Condemned You?-If nobody wants to prosecute, the trial is over!
Go And Sin No More-I think she was going to live out the rest of her life doing what she could to please Jesus, because of the gratitude she had in her heart!
I wonder if we are grateful for what Jesus has done for us?