Romans 3:23 states: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." and in John 8:4 the scriptures outlines a story where accusers "...say unto Him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned...".
The very act had been witnessed and the law was clear that she should be stoned. Jesus did not take sin lightly, and this was clear in His command to her to SIN NO MORE.
Since only God, through Jesus Christ, can forgive sins, and since God is the final judge of all men's sins, Jesus Christ was within His right to set her free with a strict command to live above sin from then on.
In Verse 6 Jesus stooped down and wrote "as though he could hear them not" in their attempts to have Him judge her as they would. "And when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
The scriptures declare in Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." and goes further to remind us that "we will be judged with the same measure with which we judge others."
When Jesus stooped down to write again, "...they which heard it, being convicted, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even with the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."
The story highlights one key element of humankind - that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" - and that we all need forgiveness. Some may count some sins above others - but truth be told, no sin, no matter how small we perceive it, can enter heaven.
Romans 2:16 states: "In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." A reminder that none of us is immune from the higher standard of holiness to which God holds men.
We may absolve ourselves, while seeking to hold others accountable. We may also join the baying crowd for earthly justice, but heavenly justice is only a breath or heartbeat away for us all, and may come sooner than we imagine because "Tomorrow is promised to no man."
Take James 4:13-16 for instance: "Go to now, ye that say, To day or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil."
Here, James reminds us that tomorrow is as uncertain as the wind, No one knows when there last day on earth will take place. The Bible says that we shouldn't make our plans outside of God's will, since we never know what tomorrow will bring.
For someone to boast or brag about their future plans is evil because the Lord is the one who will ultimately decide if we will live to partake in those activities. It is indeed by the mercies of God that we are not consumed when we consider that over 151,000 people, on average, die or are consumed by death each day, and over 57 million people die each year.
James advises us to say, "If it is God's will, then I will go...." and if it is God's will, you can be sure that God would have us do those things that bring glory to His name, and not those things that herald or mirror the ways of the world.
A prayer for today - "Our Father, help us to be committed to living more like Jesus Christ each day, to glorify your name in all that we do, andto live in hope that our place in heaven is secure as we seek to make our calling and election sure.