I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book of John 8:3-11, “Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say? ”This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He] raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” From the above context we understand that Jesus had driven off every single one of the men who called for her death. Jesus does not tell the woman, “you did nothing wrong.” He does not say, “Don’t worry about what you did.” Instead, Jesus simply states that He does not condemn her. Jesus showed this woman spectacular grace, while still holding firm in calling her adultery what it was: a moral failure which should not be repeated. Thus we see that neither Jesus rebuked her for her sinful act, neither did he punish her. Instead He gave her another opportunity for her to live a better life in the future.
This incident serves as a useful example for us. The adulterous woman was morally and legally guilty while Jesus remains perfect. No one on earth had greater justification to kill her, for her sin than Jesus did in that moment. And yet, Jesus chose not to kill her. Thus we see that Our God is a God of compassion. He cares for us. He is mindful of us. He always prefers that we live an exemplary life. God says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things, and be in health just as your soul prospers.” He tells us that we will prosper if our soul prospers, that is to be in tune with God, walk spiritually and not be worldly. When we have a close relationship with God then we will surely prosper. We shall be like the tree planted by the rivers of water. That brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf shall not wither and whatever he doeth shall prosper. A life of prosperity.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Lord we thank You for being gracious to the woman who had committed sin. You did not kill her according to the law of Moses. But you forgave her. We remain grateful to You for giving her another opportunity to live a better life in the future. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to lead a life pleasing to You. We praise Your glorious name O Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.