John 8:10, ‘When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?”’
(Jesus asked this question to the woman who was caught in adultery. He did not ask this to condemn the accusers. Had they not run away from Him, they too would have been forgiven, just as this woman)
Some Scribes and Pharisees brought one woman to Jesus, who was caught in adultery, hoping to get something to accuse Jesus. Jesus, who perceived this, (John 1:47-48) did not say anything. When they set the woman in front of Him, he stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. Now different revelations have been given about this. Some say that Jesus wrote their names on the ground, while some say that He wrote their sin. But what does Bible say ? He wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear them. In other words, He ignored the accusers. Here we can learn two things. First, He ignores us when we falsely accuse or judge our brethren (Math 7:2-5) Second, if anyone tempts you to get juice out of you, be still and ignore!. These accusers continued asking Him. Finally, Jesus raised Himself and said to them “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” and after saying this, again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. These words of Jesus convicted each of them. But one thing that caught my attention was that though their conscience convicted them, they did not wait to receive forgiveness from the Lord. Instead, they ran away from His presence…Are we like these scribes and Pharisees who run away from His presence, even when our conscience convicts us of our sins?…Remember, running away from the Lord will not help anyone, but those who approach Him for the forgiveness and mercy will by no means be cast out ( John 6:37).
These accusers had came to the one who could take away their burden by forgiving their sins and granting them peace. But even after being convicted, they did not have a heart to stay and receive mercy and forgiveness from the Lord, who had left the heavenly glory to save sinners. Their conscience said that they were sinners. They were guilty and were cut to their hearts. But instead of waiting on the Lord, they chose to run away from Him. Is there anyone who is reading this article who is running away from Him in this manner? If so, let this message bring you back to the source of mercy! When people heard the sermon of Peter, they were cut to heart and asked “What shall we do”? (Acts 2:37). If this article is convicting you, then ask the Lord “What shall I do” ? God will never cast out those who humbly accepts his or her transgressions.
While going through this text, I found that there were some reasons as to why these accusers ran from the Lord.
They did not know Jesus
They did not know themselves
They covered their sins and did not accept their transgressions.
They did not know Jesus- The first thing that makes people run away from his presence is, little knowledge about the source of mercy. Our iniquities had separated us from God (Isa 59:2). For this reason, Christ Jesus came to the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15), so that through Him, we can have fellowship with God. He is the Lamb of God, who descended from heaven to take away the sins of the world.1 John 2: 1 and 2 says, ‘My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for sins of the whole world. Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and man. No one comes to Father except through Christ Jesus, because there is no other name under the heaven, given among men by which we must be saved. So the one who receives the knowledge of Christ must come to Him for the forgiveness of sins, because He never casts out those who approach Him…He can never cast the woman who has committed adultery, nor a man who has committed murder. There is no sin that Jesus cannot forgive, and no fall has occurred to any man from which He cannot raise…The devil will try to deceive you by saying “ you have done a great sin and God cannot forgive you”. Devil is a liar! If you know Jesus and confess your sins today, He is just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
They did not know themselves: The second reason why people ran away from the presence of God is that they did not know themselves. Bible says in Romans 3:23, ‘ for all have sinned and fall short glory of God.’ There is no one born holy in this world except Christ Jesus (Luke1:35). We must accept this truth that we were brought forth in iniquity, and in sin, our mother conceived us. Do not deceive yourselves by saying that you have no sin. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. The one who approach the Mercy Seat must know that he is a sinner. Paul often confessed that he was a wretched sinner and that he was the chief among sinners.
They covered their sins and did not accept their transgression: Bible strongly rebukes ‘covering up of sins.’ Proverbs 28:13, ‘He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.’ One thing we forget is that we try to cover our sins from Him from whose eyes, no creature is hidden . All are naked and exposed to His eyes. Psalms 32:5 says, ‘then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD. And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” David did not cover up his sin, when Prophet Nathan pointed out his sins, but we know that many who covered their sins were cursed and rejected. David also committed sins but he acknowledged them before the Lord. The practice of ‘covering of sins’ started right from the beginning, since the times of Adam and God hates it. Adam and Eve tried to cover their sins and so did their son, Cain . Many others like, Achan, Ananias and Sapphira, Gehazi were cursed and rejected because they tried to cover their sins. But the one who acknowledged his or her sins were blessed. 1 John 1:9 says, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ We receive four blessings when we confess our sins :
He is Faithful- we receive His faithfulness
He is Just- we receive His justice
He will forgive our sins – we receive His forgiveness
He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness- we receive His righteousness
Bible says, ‘ blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.’ One of the main reasons why we cannot receive the word is the hidden stone (Mathew 13:5 & 6). Let us acknowledge our every sin to Him who is faithful and just to forgive.
These Scribes and Pharisees were very God fearing and knew the Law of Moses. They did not deny the Law of Moses nor God. They seemed to have fellowship with God, but when their conscience convicted them, they ran from the Lord…If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth (1 John 1:6). This applies to the Scribes and Pharisees who were Hypocrites!When the accusers chose to run away from the Lord, the one accused decided to remain in the Lord. This decision changed her life completely. God does not want those who run from His presence, but He forgives those who stay and confess their sinfulness. The text says that Jesus and the woman were alone. All the rest went their ways. We can glean two things about why the woman stood when the rest chose to run.
She understood Christ
She acknowledge her sin by accepting the fact that she was a sinner
The accusers failed to do this. A confessing prostitute is better than a self-justifying hypocrite. Jesus said to the woman, “Go and sin no more.” The word ‘GO’ has a deep meaning. People brought her to be stoned to death, but Jesus sent her away in Peace. People accused her, but Jesus vindicated her! Let us not confess our sins before a priest, but let us confess them before the throne of Mercy of our High Priest Christ Jesus.
May God bless you!