“…let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then He stooped down again and wrote in the dust.” -John 8:7b-8
This is a fascinating and powerful story. The religious leaders were trying to trick Jesus into saying something they could use against Him, so they brought to Him a woman who was caught in the act of adultery.
The customs of the day were to stone her, but this is when Jesus’ grace stepped in. Because they had all sinned before, none of them threw a stone. After they left, Jesus said to the woman in verses 10 and 11, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus replied, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
The world is trying to lure us into sin, and when we do, it will throw stones at us. Jesus is extending His hands of forgiveness and grace. He sees what we have done and has given us a way out – and it is through the price He paid for us on the cross. But Jesus gives a command after extending His hand. He says, “Go and sin no more.” This is the line in the sand, the moment of crossing over from sin to grace and forgiveness. This is an offer to live forgiven and free. Not a perfect life; rather, a life in pursuit of pleasing Christ. He is saying, “I love you, I forgive you and I want you to make better choices in the future.”
If there are areas of sin in your life, bring them to Jesus. Make a decision to cross the line and live differently. The enemy wants you to put off this decision and have the consequences of sin continue to wreak havoc in your life.
There is no better day than today to go and sin no more. A life of freedom is awaiting your action.