Go and Sin No More
When the Jewish authorities brought to Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery, she was clearly guilty of the sin she was being accused of. Under the law adultery demanded death. But Jesus had compassion on her. And after her accusers left, Jesus said, “‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more’” (John 8:10–11, NAS).
Although we are emotionally moved by this story, let me ask you a practical question. What gave Jesus the right to contradict the demands of the Law of Moses? Justice must be served and lawbreakers must be punished.
But notice that Jesus didn’t simply dismiss this woman’s adultery as though it were unimportant. When He said these words, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more,” He was already on His way to the cross where He would pay for that woman’s adultery with His own sinless blood. Justice would be served, and every debt would be paid.
There is a big difference between learning from the past and living in it. We cannot go back and change the past. To live in the past is to insult the spirit of grace and the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. If you have been washed in the blood of Jesus, God does not condemn you, and neither should you condemn yourself. Now, go and sin no more.
This is Daniel Kolenda
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