GUILTY OR FULLY PARDONED? BY JOLEISA (Creative Testimony from the Woman Caught in Adultery)
Some months ago, I published a guest post that was based on the scriptural injunction in Matthew 7:1, “Judge not lest ye be judged.” The post was a brilliant retelling of the story of the woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8:3-11) from the perspective of one of the men who brought her to Jesus. It was written by my beloved sisters, Jo and Leisa, of Penny Pinchers’ Paradise. If you love a good story that graphically paints the mood of an event and goes beyond what is obvious to people’s motivations, you will love that story. (See link below.)
(Related: Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged by Joleisa)
You can therefore imagine my excitement when Joleisa as they are called in their writings contacted me to say they had written a similar piece. When I read the story, it simply blew me away. It turned out to be another creative interpretation of the same story, this time from the perspective of the accused woman herself. The story is highly relatable and offers life lessons to both the saved and unsaved.
Read, comment, share and be blessed!
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GUILTY OR FULLY PARDONED?
So I’ve been trying to live a good, clean, godly life, right? Right. By my own power. I mean I never quite fully surrendered to God. And then I met this man. I knew I was trying to abandon sin, but these days sin in most forms just seems so appealing. So like I said, I met this man and he chatted me right up. He really did have a honey tongue. We made a date to meet up again. Stupid me, I went. And this time, we got up to more than just talking, you know what I mean.
Lo and behold, we were caught! Caught in the very act and I did not know what to do. I was naked, the man was naked too. I was so ashamed. I just wanted to be swallowed up alive by the earth. No such luck! The men of the village saw us both.
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But they gave him a chance to gather his clothes together, put them on and disappear in the crowd. But for me, they grabbed me before I got a chance to put on even one bit of clothing. To say I was embarrassed is, to put it mildly, a big understatement. I had no clothes on! I did not know what part of me to hide, my face or my private parts. Well, I could not hide anywhere because the men grabbed my arms and dragged me. I feared for my life! It’s at times like these that I wish I could just put on a disappearing act and do just that, disappear!
Where would they take me? What would they do to me? Would they give me a chance to tell my story or to even ask for forgiveness? And where was Mr Honey Tongue? All these questions flooded my mind. I didn’t get to think one through carefully before another came rushing in!
Whilst all this myriad of thoughts were going through my mind, I noticed that the crowd looking on to see my shame was growing bigger and bigger. My arms were aching because the men just tugged at me, not even thinking that I was hurting. One of my biggest worries was that my husband might be in the crowd. OMG! My head and my heart were pounding with the anxious thoughts.
The pace slowed down for a bit and then they flung me in the middle of a hastily formed circle of people. I looked up briefly and there was Jesus! Oh gosh! This could not be worse! I really did look up to Jesus and many around did too. But most of these men did not accept His claim to be a prophet. In fact, they tried to use the situation I was in to set a trap for Jesus. They knew He had a tendency to forgive. So they figured that if He said I was forgiven, then they could say He was a false prophet! They could say this because the Mosaic law did stipulate that anyone caught in adultery should be stoned. So how could a true prophet not abide by the great prophet Moses’ decree?
So the trap was set! How was Jesus going to get out of this one? How was I going to get out? I was facing certain death, and there surely were enough of them to start pummelling me with stones! The crowd was chanting: ‘What say you, Jesus?’ They repeated this over and over. It was deafening!
But Jesus was about to play His best chess piece! His best card. He stooped, and with his very fingers, he wrote on the ground. While He wrote, they continued chanting. Then all of a sudden, He stood up and calmly said to the crowd: ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone’.
Then He stooped again and there was silence! I was cowering, waiting to feel the blows and there was none. After a while, the only sound I heard were the footsteps of the crowd leaving. All left, young, old and middle-aged. They had all been waiting there to stone me. But now I was left alone, just me and Jesus. They had all been convicted of their own sins and had seen that they could not condemn me without condemning themselves.
Jesus asked me where my accusers were and I told Him they had all left, every one of them. I was still afraid although it was just Jesus and me. He could condemn me, because He was without sin. But guess what? He didn’t! He admonished me to go and sin no more.
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You know, I could have protested. I could have complained about how unfair it was to have just me brought to him for capital punishment without the man I was caught with (after all one person cannot commit adultery all by herself) but I did not. I was just so relieved to be pardoned.
Jesus went on to do many mighty things. I, on my part, accepted the pardon that I had been given and left to live a sinless life by God’s grace. No longer in my own power. Are you doing the same? Have you accepted the forgiveness of Jesus? You don’t have to wait until you are exposed like I was. No matter how secret you think your sin is, God sees it all.
Seeing how I was rescued from the anger of that crowd, I look on others through the eyes of mercy with which Jesus looked at me. Are you doing the same? Or do you have stones in your hand? Have you given your stony heart to the only One who can change you, the Saviour Jesus?
How do you stand now? Guilty or fully pardoned? The choice is yours!
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ABOUT THE WRITERS
Jo and Leisa are twin teachers, authors, freelance writers and bloggers who hail from Jamaica. They currently reside in England where they are doing their bit to raise their children. The Christian ladies now blog about frugal living and using wisely the resources we have at our disposal. Their blog is joleisa.com and they can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
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