THEME: GRACE OF GOD
“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 went into the temple where a woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Him. The Pharisees and Scribes judged her according to the law of Moses which she was liable to keep, otherwise her sentence was stoning to death. Jesus instructed them saying, whoever does not have sin let him cast the first stone. He then wrote on the temple ground made of cobalt stone, a symbol of the law which was written on stone tablets. Since the law was kept under the mercy seat, Jesus demonstrated that mercy precedes judgment. Jesus was simply saying that, no one has ever kept the perfect law apart from Him who is the law (love). Probably one of Pharisees or Scribe condemning her was the main suspect in the sinful act. When Jesus wrote on the ground, all of them were judged by their conscience and they left one by one. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8), and calls us to seek first His righteousness. Sometimes we think of ourselves more highly than others and tend to judge them. Jesus reminds us that if we judge we shall also be judged, and if we condemn we shall also be condemned, but He calls us to forgive and we shall be forgiven (Luke 6:37). When the law condemns the best of men, grace saves the worst of men. Jesus comes to shine His light of salvation in our hearts and saves us from the chains of sin, condemnation, and death. Jesus empowered the adulterous woman to sin no more through His unfailing grace. It is only through God’s grace that we can live righteous lives and not by our own power lest anyone should boast, and fall. But we have confidence in the Lord for since we are not under law but under grace, sin has no dominion over us (Romans 6:14). The Holy Spirit our Helper leads us not into temptation and delivers us from all evil. Let us then approach His throne of grace with boldness that we may obtain mercy and grace to help us at our times of need.
Father You are merciful and Your mercies endures forever. Holy Spirit You are loving and Your love endures forever. Jesus You are gracious and Your grace endures to all generations. We cast all our burdens and cares unto You Jesus for You care for us. Deliver us and all the members of the society from the snares and accusations of the evil one and grant us perfect peace. May Your light shine in our lives, families, societies and nation to draw away all evil desires for the glory of Your name. We are not under law but under grace, thank You for loving us Jesus. Shine Your light of salvation on all Your people Jesus, we humbly ask You. Dwell in us and with us deeply Holy Spirit and comfort us with Your eternal grace. Only You are worthy Lord, only You are gracious and full of kindness. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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