"Go, Sin No More"
“Go, Sin No More”
My mind is usually drawn to this thought this time of year.
The Lord desires to give us a “place to begin again”.
This encounter pictures this.
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him;
and He sat down and began to teach them.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery,
and having set her in the center of the court,
they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.
“Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”
They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.
But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.
But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them,
“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones,
and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go.
From now on sin no more.”
Note the facts.
- Jesus was in the temple…early morning…all the people came…He sat and taught them. (What did Jesus teach? The Kingdom of God)
- The scribes and Pharisees (I’ll call them Religionists) brought a woman caught in adultery…in the very. (If “in the very act”, where is the man? The Law applied to him also. I suspect a Pharisee offered to sacrifice himself “to the cause.&rdquo
- The Religionists did this to test Jesus. They were attempting to set Him up. To bring Him down. They desired to accuse Him before the people related to the Law.
- Jesus stooped and wrote on the ground. Thinking? Meditating? Likely awaiting the Word of Father.
- The Religionists persisted.
- Jesus responded.
- The Religionist left.
- Jesus inquired of the woman.
- Jesus refused to condemn her…”go, sin no more”.
Hear the principles
- The Religionists, especially today, will behave in like manner. They lie. They accuse. They look very “religious”, but their hearts are corrupt. They did not care about the woman. Nor do they care today.
- The Religionists will use the Law to “kill, steal and destroy”, especially related to the Spirit.
- The Religionists have no desire for redemption and forgiveness.
- The Religionists desire to make others “twice the son of hell” that they are.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
- Jesus will forgive.
- Jesus will give a place to begin again.
At the end of this calendar year, remember, Jesus forgives.
Forget what is behind.
At the beginning of the next year, remember, Jesus gives a place to begin again.
Press on toward the goal.
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect,
but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Go, sin no more.