THE TEST SUBJECT
I was taken back the other day as I read, once again, the account of John the Evangelist in chapter 8. It was the story of the woman taken in the act of adul-tery. It is amazing how you can see things differently as you read them time after time.
Vs. 6) states, “This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.”
I don’t know why, but this had never really captured my attention until now. Early one morning, as the story goes, a woman, for some unknown reason, was caught in an adulterous act. The man was not used as a test subject, but the woman was exposed in a public place.
Have you ever thought of yourself as a test subject? That is someone the world can use in order to make objections to the way Christ deals with humanity. It can be for good or bad, because we are His witnesses. Obviously, their evidence blew up in the accusers’ faces, and suddenly they were on trial. Vs. 7) “However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her’. Vs. 8) Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger. Vs. 9) They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.”
I must confess, I had never really considered the following verse that comes right after His compassionate forgiveness was given to her. It is always best when we see it for ourselves.
Vs. 12) “Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, ‘I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life’.” Can you see it from where you are? “I am the light of the World. He who follows Me will not walk through life in the dark.” The darkness is what brings condemnation. The light brings life. “Judge not [neither pronouncing judgment nor subjecting to censure], and you will not be judged; do not condemn and pronounce guilty, and you will not be condemned and pronounced guilty; acquit and forgive and release (give up resentment, let it drop).” Luke 6:37.
DROP THE CHARGES and you will be acquitted, forgiven, and released. I Believe in you!
Your loving pastors,
Cleddie and Gaynell