“I remember that day, it was the worst day of my life AND it was the best day of my life.
It was an early October morning, not long after sunrise. It was during events occurring at the feast of Tabernacle‘s, Six months before my Lord and Savior was to be crucified.
I knew not of this man Jesus. When Jewish leaders brought me to stand before him as a woman caught in adultery and breaking the law of our fathers; I was humiliated, exposed and scared.
My life was over!
I knew the law of Moses meant death by stoning.
I had no value to the Pharisees, I was a ploy- part of a scheme to test Jesus with the hopes of framing a charge against him.
No one spoke to me, no one asked me for an explanation, no one stood by my side, I was just exposed.
I learned of the wisdom and mercy of Jesus Christ that day.
I learned my value and the miracle of forgiveness.
When they set me in the midst of all those people- they said unto Jesus, Master, this woman was taken in adultery in the very act. Now Moses, in the Law, commanded us, that such should be stoned:
but what sayest thou?
Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them,
he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard it,
being convicted by their own conscience,
went out one by one, beginning at the eldest,
even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and I was standing in the midst.
And when Jesus lifted up himself, and saw none but me, he said unto me, woman, where are those thine accusers?
Hath no man condemned thee?
I replied, no man, Lord.
And Jesus said unto me, neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.
Then spake Jesus again unto all those who were gathered;
I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
but shall have the light of life.
This was the first time in my life I realized my value to God.
I realized I was a sinner loved by my Lord.
Jesus did not condone my sin, but was allowing me time to repent and that my judgment would not yet come.
My fate changed in that moment.
I was going to be stoned,
or at the very least my husband would have discarded me after I was publicly exposed.
To survive, I would have begun begging and stealing,
then out of desperation would have become a prostitute,
I would have been a woman at the mercy of a society that shunned me.
I began learning through Jesus Christ that God judges us all but his judgment is SALVATION -NOT condemnation.
Jesus directed me to go my way,
abandon my evil life,
commit no more sin.
I was given the opportunity to transform myself and my life.
And I DID!
and I HAVE GLORIFIED GOD FROM THAT HOUR AND I HAVE BELIEVED ON HIS NAME.”
There is an amazing transformation of our lives if we embrace the Atonement of Jesus Christ!
As I studied this experience in the New Testament. The very first thing the Holy Ghost brought to my attention was a scene where all this chatter – gossip – condemnation was circling about –
Jesus removed himself and refused to participate. The very act of kneeling down and doodling in the dirt said so much to all of us. When someone has been exposed, and humiliated, what is our reaction to all the chatter?
The next thing the Holy Ghost brought to my attention was when everyone turned away and left -Christ was there to converse with “the sinner”. When we know someone is making poor choices – are we shunning them, are we stoning them, are we turning our backs on them… even if it is out of not knowing what to say.
Compassion, empathy, and love are what Jesus showed us that day.
Not only am I feeling a need to renew my covenants to my Lord and Savior but I realize I am a sinner loved by my Father in Heaven.
Jesus does not condone my sin, but is allowing me time to repent and that my judgment would not yet come.
I’m continually learning through Jesus Christ that God judges us all but his judgment is SALVATION NOT condemnation.
Jesus directs me to go my way,
abandon my evil life,
commit no more sin.
I am constantly given the opportunity to transform myself and my life.
And I Am!
and I Will GLORIFY GOD FROM THIS HOUR AND I BELIEVE ON HIS NAME.
and I will not participate in the condemning of others but I will show mercy and compassion and love.
I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Today we had a wonderful day surrounded by women of Christ. Our Grand Blanc 2019 Women’s Conference theme was Feasting On The Scriptures.
I was privileged to participate.
I studied about this woman’s experience.
I loved reading Women of the New Testament by Camille Fronk Olson
My script came from these resource.