Jesus’s forgiveness sets us free from sin

9/2/2008

A Stream Of Faith
By Charles E. Westbrook

“And Jesus said to her, "Neither do i condemn you" go and sin no more." — John 8:10-11 NKJV

We all know the story about the woman who had been caught in adultery. She was at the place Jesus was teaching and answering questions. They listened until the woman was brought before Jesus. The crowd was trying to see what Jesus would do after they heard him teaching. The Scribes and Pharisees were shouting for her to be stoned to death.

 Jesus, saw what they were planning to do. They wanted to see what Jesus would do and how he was going to do it. Jesus saw what they were planning.

Jesus came into the circle a stood with the woman and asked what she had done. Her accusers reminded Jesus that even Moses said that anyone caught in adultery should be stoned to death. So, Jesus started writing words in the sand with his fingers. They watched as he did it. Jesus then looked at them and said, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Gradually, the accusers walked away. Then Jesus asked the woman where her accusers were. She said they had gone away. Then Jesus told her to go on and sin no more.

What would we do if a group of people started asking about our sins? What would we do as they were trying to decide what we were being charged with? Would they try to stone us for every sin we have done in our life? What if Jesus then came and rescued us for our sins. But God can be they only one who can decide on our sins, they might say. Jesus saved the woman from being stoned for her sins and set her free.

Jesus then said, "I am the light of the world, He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

What would you do if Jesus came right up and told you that you were free from sin? How would we respond to Him?

He did make us free. He took our sins with him to the cross. Our sins have been forgiven because he died on the cross. He rose again and made us free when he came out of the tomb. He tells us to believe in him. Through his death on the cross and resurrection, we are free. He did that because he loves us.

Would you let him enter your life and give you everlasting life? All you need to do is ask him and he will live in your life. He wants us let him hold us in his arms where it is safe. He's my best friend, my savior, and strength day by day.  

All you need do is ask, and he will do the same for you.

Shalom.

Westbrook is a member of Pearl UMC and a regular contributor to the Advocate.