Hey everyone! Let’s talk about forgiveness! This post will be based off of John 8:1-11, so get out your Bibles and read along!
Jesus was traveling through the temple courts one day when people surrounded him, as they normally did. Teachers and Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus. She was an adulteress, they said. The Pharisees stood around Jesus and the woman shouting that they should stone her because the law of Moses said to stone a woman who commits adultery. However, Jesus knew that the Pharisees were trying to trick him and prove him wrong. So, Jesus bent in the sand at the woman’s feet, and started writing on the ground, ignoring the men around him. When they kept questioning Jesus, Jesus stood up and said to them, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again, Jesus knelt in the sand. After this, the men surrounding Jesus and the woman began to leave one by one, the oldest men leaving first. When it was only Jesus and the woman still present in the temple courts, Jesus stood up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ The woman told Jesus no. Then, Jesus declared, ‘Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.’ (John 8:1-11)
The forgiveness Jesus shows to his children flows off the pages in this passage from John. During this time all the Pharisees were trying to prove Jesus wrong. But oh did Jesus show them! This woman had committed a sin that was almost worse than murder, adultery. But Jesus didn’t care. In fact he knelt in front of her, showing a sign of respect to her. In his eyes, she was just another child of his that he needed to save. When Jesus said ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her’ he is making it impossible for them to stone her. None of them were without sin, except Jesus. The woman only had Jesus to condemn her, and he didn’t. He told her to go live her life without sin.
Jesus calls us to live our lives without sin every day. By his death on the cross we were forgiven, our sins were turned from crimson to white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus forgives every one of our inequities because he loves us. And we can do the same.
Jesus also calls us to forgive others. If Jesus could forgive us, and die for us, then we can forgive the people around us, because they deserve just as much. Jesus bestows forgiveness on us; it’s a gift. We must cherish it.