Now about this woman caught in the very act of adultery. Then she was brought to Jesus so that she might be stoned to death according to the Laws of Moses.
And so with ease, Jesus bent down and wrote with His fingers on the ground. Then He rose up, looked at them once more, then bent again and wrote on the ground.
And then the merciful saviour said to the multitude, “He who has no sin, let him cast the first stone.”
The most difficult part is when others moved out of the scene and left the sinful woman with the LORD. I can imagine this woman, troubled, very shaken and probably imagining the punishment she would receive from the master, because the law of Moses demanded justice. Perhaps she thought it was Jesus who was going to effect her death penalty upon her.
After all, many people have been stoned in that scenario. In that public square, many had been harshly condemned. She was the next.
But Jesus portrays the dual faceted coming, the lamb and the lion. But He is the same. Never will He change.
This Jesus of Nazareth, is both LORD and King. In matters of Justice, He is the one the prophets wrote about. He would destroy the man of sin with his breath and the splendour of His coming.
His eyes are like the flaming sword. And as you know, He is the one who has the Kingdom.
He will take a very political position and wage war against the armies of the world at His coming and rule, with a hand of Iron to establish a sinless society.
The woman would have asked herself many questions. She might have even thought, if HE be the Messiah, the Messiah she knows of from the books, the deliverer written about who is the prophesied Messiah would be a man of war, who would execute vengeance against the enemies of the Mosaic law and the oppressed house of Israel?
And so she saw little chance of being forgiven. She was to lose the case and pay with her own blood…. the soul, that sins must die!
But who could have imagined what Happened next? Jesus did something! He said something. He shocked the worshipers of Torah.
The LORD spoke unexpected word in and unexpected scenario. He changed the case against the tabled evidence, and He said, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more,” (Luke 8:11).
That was a word little heard of. It replaced the sound of rattling stones. How amazing is our LORD.
He said, ‘no condemnation‘ and confirmed with the sinner, if there was any one condemning still.
But He also said, “Go and sin no more.” The later was a command. Yes, a command.
I say command, because God’s commands are not burdensome, they are enablements.
Whatever He commands comes along with His power to help you accomplish it. It will not be you doing, whatever He tell you on your own strength, Hallelujah! it will be Him doing it through you.
He has already dealt with sin at the cross. Sin has no power.
The door is wide open to access His beauty. You can only be holy, because He is Holy. There is no other way to achieve holiness. He can establish righteousness upon you. The LORD is Good.
There is another thing though! In your “go-and-sin-no-more” status, you can’t go boasting about. What we have here is a clear contrast; you have been a sinner who has accessed mercy; you deserved the full force of the law.
You are the wild branches grafted onto the natural olive tree, and this is an act of grace. Others were plucked out, so that you may be grafted in. You do not support the natural tree. It does support you, though.
And so once a foreigner, but now brought near into the Commonwealth of God and fellow citizen with the saints. You are part of a Royal Priesthood.
This would make you worship as you consider your journey there. How you arrived to a place you never qualified for.
As you remember His grace bestowal, you worship Him.
This is one thing we should never forget, how our journey to a place where we are worshipers, began. It was at the time when we never deserved whatever we have today.
~ Prophet Peter Odhiambo
Prophet Peter Odhiambo of Heart Revival Network International, Kenya is a Prophetic End-Time Minister of the Gospel, preaching in Crusades and open air Revival meetings. The LORD continues to show him the apostasy in the Church and the need to prepare the Bride, fit for the Wedding of the Lamb, as in Revelation 19:7-8.