2015-12-07 - What Would a Leader of the Law Say?
Jesus stood up and asked her, “Where is everyone? Isn’t there anyone left to accuse you?” "No sir,” the woman answered. Then Jesus told her, “I am not going to accuse you, either. You may go now, but don’t sin anymore.” (John 8:10-11 CEV)
I've done nothing as bad as that woman-my mistakes aren't even in the same category. And yet, I could not punish her. Not after what Jesus said. None of the others dared to punish her, either.
It wasn't right for her to go free. Guess in Jesus' eyes the embarrassment is enough of a penance. Not in my book. Still she learned a lesson, I am sure of that.
The other leaders and I were so powerfully united as one, and then this man, Jesus of Nazareth comes on the scene and breaks our band of unity. What strange power He holds. His presence is captivating and authoritative.You'd never know it, to look at Him. He doesn't wear anything extravagant, and the company He keeps is nothing to brag about.
Jesus showed such compassion for this woman, a stranger, a person guilty of sin - and did Jesus make an example of her? No. He treated her kindly, despite her actions. It is something that does not come easily for me. It's hard to turn a blind eye to human error.
I can try to be less judgmental. Our society is always so focused on others' faults, that I get exhausted trying to live perfectly. I waste so much time, constantly checking others behavior against my own. Perhaps one day, I can be forgiving like Jesus.
All scripture references are from the Contemporary English Version (CEV) unless otherwise noted.