- This is your story.
- This is my story
- This is our story
John 8: 1-11 is the story of a women seized during illicit sex.
We are all present in this story. We’ve been caught red-handed.
Each of us is guilty of something and we know exactly what it is.
There are many somethings for us to pick:
- Something physically harmful:
- Overeating or other stuff to abuse our body.
- Something mentally and emotionally harmful:
- Nasty self-talk and a nasty tongue.
- Something spiritually harmful:
- Blasphemy, stubbornness, or defiance.
Naturally, we are quick to point a finger and blame someone else, “It’s not my fault!”
We feel comfortable slamming someone’s appearance, behavior, or belief.
Our human nature exposes our sickness.
So here we are in the temple with a despicable religious mob, their victim, and Jesus. Passionately they shout, “She did it and the law says she must die!”
- You did it!
- I did it!
- We did it!
Initially, no one is listening, yet
Jesus finally gets their attention.
There are a few more murmurs and yes buts, but then,
One by one the truth is heard and shame replaces arrogance.
Pretension gives way to reflecting silence.
When Jesus ultimately gets our attention we’ll know we’ve been caught red-handed.
No one is untainted.
- Jesus deals with our physical somethings
- Jesus deals with our mental and emotional somethings
- Jesus deals with our spiritual somethings
Jesus offers to switch our hysteria, bigotry, and contempt for peace, patience, and praise.
The Peacemaker accomplishes what a peacemaker always accomplishes—aggression diffusion.
Still, there’s something more.
Silence and gotcha humiliation aren’t the end of the matter.
Jesus applies a soothing balm,
“I don’t condemn you but don’t do this to yourself anymore.”
In OUR STORY what is it that you ought to give up?
I know what that is for me.
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