March 24, 2022
The Apostle Paul in Romans 8 asks the hypothetical questions, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? . . . who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:31, 33-34). Only the mind of God could conceive of a plan whereby the one person who lived a righteous life and had the right to condemn us was the very person who laid down that life to die for us. The woman taken in adultery was speaking to the one who did not come into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world.
One businessman keeps a fairly large stone on his desk. The stone is mounted and lettered with one word: “First.” This acts as a constant reminder to him of Jesus’ words, “He that is without sin . . . let him first cast a stone.” When his employees enter his office and there is reason to criticize them for their lack of achievement, the man looks at the stone and recalls his own shortcomings. He deals with his employees in mercy and grace.
This passage of Scripture does not teach us to look the other way when people sin. It does not teach us that we ought to condone adultery or any other crime. What it does teach us, however, is that it is not the responsibility of a Christian continually to be on the lookout for sin in other Christians–or anyone else for that matter. If we have lived a perfect life, we can be watchdogs on others who have not lived a perfect life. But we have enough trouble keeping ourselves in line; we need not constantly be critical of the way others live. Jesus was teaching the critical religious leaders of His day that although the woman was a great sinner, she was no greater a sinner than they were. We must remember the same as we meet others today. It is not a difficult task to become so critical that we forget our own sin and slip away from the God who loves us. God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light