Daily Devotion, 02/07/18, John 8:1-11, “Throw Grace Instead”
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” John 8:47 NLT
Are you ever amazed by how easy it is to see the sins of other people, while being so blind to your own? Or how quickly and severely you think others ought to be punished, while feeling like you deserve abundant grace? These last months, as the indiscretions of many high-profile people have come to light, there’s been a feeding frenzy of holier than thou judgementalism among many stars and people in the media. What’s amazing about all of this is the fact that most everyone has a few skeletons of their own that they hope no one ever discovers.
In our passage today, Jesus was not saying that what the woman did was right nor was He in any way condoning her immoral and illicit behavior. In fact, at the end of the encounter He called it “sin.” What Jesus was saying was that her exposed sin was no worse than the hidden sin of her accusers. Those who had dragged this woman through the street and sought to humiliate her publicly were every bit as sinful as she was. Yes, this woman deserved to die for her sin but so did everyone else in the crowd that day. Only the sinless have a right to throw rocks at the sinful. Jesus was the only sinless one there but He decided to give grace rather than throw rocks. He does the same for you and for me.
The next time you hear that some nationally known figure or even someone in your circle has been exposed, don’t reach for a rock. Thank God for His abundant grace. Pray that His kindness will lead them to repentance. Pray that all that has been stolen, killed and destroyed in them will be redeemed, rescued and restored by our merciful Lord. You are loved!