Friday, October 4, 2013

Continuing in the Faith

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.  John 8:10, 11 (KJV)

John chapter 8 begins with a dramatic event in which the Pharisees along with an angry mob, brought to Jesus a woman caught in adultery.  The crowd was not concerned about doing something to help restore someone caught in sin.  Instead, they were looking for a way to accuse Jesus of saying or doing something wrong.  They kept reminding Jesus of the law of the day, which said the punishment for such behavior was stoning.  Jesus turned away this mob by posing to them a question; “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (v 7).”  One by one, they turned away and left.  You can almost hear the rocks dropping to the ground as the crowd dispersed.  Every person there was convicted, pierced to the heart with a cold hard truth; I have sin in my heart and in my life, and I am in no position to accuse, let alone stone to death, anyone. 

The irony is there was only one man there fit to condemn the woman and cast a stone at her, and at that moment He had knelt down and was writing something in the dust with His finger.  I think He might have been writing words like grace, mercy, love, compassion, or forgiveness.  Jesus’ only condemnation was for the sin, not the sinner.  When He charged her to go and sin no more He was offering her grace and spiritual power to be free from the power of sin.  In John 8:31, Jesus reminded the people that if they were truly His disciples they would continue in His Word.  They would keep going forward, keep walking with Christ, and continue claiming the victory that is ours in the Lord.  Like the woman caught in sin, we too have been shown mercy and grace, and let us not squander God’s gift, but rather let us continue to walk in spiritual victory.

The true follower of Christ daily overcomes the world.  We keep walking forward with Jesus Christ and we are committed to doing so for life.  Does this mean we are immune to the power of sin?  The answer is certainly not.  We must fight the devil and stand firmly against the powers of darkness every day.  Jesus Christ is greater than the sin that is in the world.  Through Christ, we overcome sin.  Continue in the faith and we continue in victory.

God bless you today