My Walk with Jesus Vol. 14 “One Judge, One Jury”

Then the scribes and
Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had
set her in the midst,
they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses, in the law,
commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might
have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and
wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised
Himself up and said to them, “He who is
without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down
and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their
conscience, went out one by one, beginning with
the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the
woman standing in the midst. 
When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said
to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of
yours? Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” 
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”  Then Jesus spoke to them
again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not
walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” ~ John 8:3-12

Well I hope you are wearing you steel toe boots… We all like to cast our opinions and judge on others.  We have all done it, if we are being honest.  Even when we don't think we are… we are.  It is so easy for us to spot the sin in other peoples lives, but it is not so easy to do when you look in the mirror.  Jesus tells us point blank that this is wrong!  There is no sin great than the other to God, only denying God!  So what right did the Pharisees have to try and get to be stoned to death?  Here goes my soap box moment…

The Pharisees were religious… so religious, that they knew every law there was, backwards and forwards.  We must do our best not to conform to religious practices as the Pharisees did.  We must strive towards an intimate relationship with Jesus and allow Him, by the Holy Spirit, to transform our hearts to see people as He does.  Many churches have far to often scared away non-believers or new believers with their judgments & hypocrisies.  We are taught to love the sinner and hate the sin, but do we really do that? Whether we judge someone by their clothes or even by their lifestyles, it is still us judging them.  The church has been and always will be a hospital for sinners, which means it is for us all.  There is not one person who is greater than the next inside or outside of those walls.  For we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.  So therefore, we all have one judge and one jury to answer too, and that is God.  All we see is the outside appearance of a person, but God sees the heart.  He knows our every thought and our every action of us all.  That is why He asked the Pharisees, “He who is
without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 

So I challenge you, as I challenge myself, the next time we start to cast judgment on another person, that you might remember this.  Let us rather pray for that person and better yet, pray for ourselves.  That we might see that person through the eyes of the Lord, instead of the eyes of our humanistic minds. 

"Do not judge, and you
will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good
measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured
into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to
you." He also told
them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both
fall into a pit? A
student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will
be like his teacher. "Why
do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no
attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let
me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the
plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your
eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your
brother's eye. ~ Luke 6:37-42


About Brad Clarke

The Christian journey takes us through many different areas in life. Our Walk with Jesus, is exactly that and is designed to encourage, inspire, and help any and all that read it.
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