Her sin was dragged out of the darkness and into the streets of condemnation. Words of insult and judgment by the men that caught her in the act of adultery drew a crowd around her as she was brought to the feet of Jesus. There, at the feet of Jesus, the crowd waited for the Judgment of Deuteronomy 22:22 – When a man is caught with another man’s wife…they both shall be put to death.
We know the story: Jesus writes something in the sand as he looks her in the eyes, then he say as he looks at the crowd, “He that is without sin among you, cast the first stone.” One by one they leave.
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and from now on sin no more.
TWO QUESTION TO PONDER
What would happen if those outside the faith meet more Christians of mercy than Christians of Judgment?
What would happen if we stop living our Christian faith like its us against the world but instead we embraced a walk of love and mercy among those who do not yet know our wonderful Jesus?
ONE STATEMENT TO PONDER
It’s not us against the world. It’s us in the world but not of the world, loving the way Christ loved.
FOUR WORDS TO THINK ABOUT
MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT (James 2:13b)
We all know what judgment feels like. It makes us want to fight, to prove our point…to defend ourselves. However, mercy draws our soul and melts our heart to pursue right again. It’s the same with those outside the faith. When we offer mercy to those outside the faith it draws there soul. When we offer judgment and condemnation it causes a fight. Acts of mercy rarely make the headlines in our day and age but they do make the headlines in the Kingdom of God. We need Christian fellowship but we also need friends who are outside the faith that we hang with and walk beside in mercy and not with judgment.
GOD’S MERCY WORKING THROUGH YOU IS MORE POWERFUL THAN JUDGMENT
Look at this scripture where Jesus hangs out with sinners.
Matthew 9:10-13 (ESV)
10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. (A life of mercy draws those outside the faith)
11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” (The world doesn’t get upset when Christ followers hang with those outside the faith) (It’s the religious that get upset)
12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. (Go to any doctors office. Doctors hang with sick folks)
13 Go and learn what this means, (we learn by going and doing) ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
I END THIS POST WITH A PICTURE TO PONDER
In Exodus we learn of the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat. One of the items in the ark of the covenant was the Law of God. However placed on top of the ark of the covenant was the MERCY SEAT. Blood would be sprinkled on the mercy seat. Now picture the cross of Christ. He hung above us in mercy and He gave his blood for us…MERCY.
MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT