The woman had been caught in the act of adultery. Caught red-handed. Guilty. The law said, “Stone her.” Right then, right there.
There was nothing she could do. No one would stand up for her. There would be no mercy shown. The group accusing her before Jesus were the leaders of the Law, the teachers of religious law, the Pharisees. Who would stand against the Law? Who would stand up to this group of accusers who had already grabbed stones in their hands, ready to stone this sinner to death?
No one stood up for her. But One stooped down to her as she laid in a huddled mess of sin.
Her accusers look down on her with contempt. Her Redeemer put Himself beneath the woman and her accusers. He leaned over and looking deep into the eyes of this woman, not pointing the finger of guilt in her face but to write in the dirt of the ground. No one knows what He wrote, but He stooped down to the accused.
The maddening crowd continued to press the Teacher. Her accusers continued to shout their accusations. Demanding an answer – “What do you say?” Stone her?
Only then did the silent, stooping Jesus stand up and look at the crowd of accusers. I can imagine as He stood straight, looking each of them in the eye as He spoke.
He didn’t preach.
He didn’t yell.
He placed Himself between the angry mob and the woman.
He now stood on her behalf.
His Words were few, but powerful. “All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stones.” And then He bent down again to the woman and wrote in the sand.
Stones began falling one by one to the ground. The accusers began to slip away. Only Jesus and the woman were left. Only then did He stand up and look at her. He asked, “Woman, where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
And so it is with you and me. We can be free from accusations. From condemnation. For today and for tomorrow. Whatever He wrote in the sand for the accused woman, He wrote for each of us. FORGIVEN. FORGIVEN. BY. GRACE.
Our Advocate, the Lamb of God, covers us.
It comes down to personal choice. Do you trust your Advocate or the one who accuses?
“In the presence of God, in defiance of Satan, Jesus Christ rises to your defense.” ~ Max Lucado