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Monday, March 26, 2012

Passion Monday - A Bible Verse

I decided to write my thoughts on a Bible scripture, just like my friend Breanna. (Please check out her blog - she does some very good posts!) I may even do this every day.

Gospel Reading:  John 8:1-11
"but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.   Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them.  The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst  they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.   Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?"   This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.   And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her."  And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.  But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"   She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."

Why did the Pharisees go away without any more complaints against the woman accused of adultery? Do you know what Jesus wrote in the ground? The sins of the scribes and Pharisees! (No, this isn't my own speculation - I heard it from somewhere or someone. And no, I can't remember from where/who.)

Jesus said, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." So what Jesus was saying, "Hey, guess what? You're all sinners! So if you are sinners, shouldn't you be focussing on your own spiritual advancement instead of killing this woman?!"

But notice that Jesus didn't say to the woman, "Yeah, those Pharisees are all sinners. You're much better than they are." NO! He said, "Go, and do not sin again." This shows that even though Jesus knew the sin of pride was great, He knew that the sin of adultery was also great.

So what Jesus is telling us in this Bible passage is that we are all sinners, no matter what our sin may be. Perhaps you didn't go to church on Sunday. Perhaps you rebelled against your parent's pleas to go to bed on time so that you wouldn't be tired for school in the morning. Or perhaps you watched a movie that had bad things in it (BEEP goes off for The Hunger Games). But Jesus doesn't say, "YOU SINNERS! OFF TO HELL WITH YOU!" No, He says, "Go and sin no more."

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