Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We have a Choice with Jesus when it comes to Life!

Think for a moment about what Jesus said to the woman who was found committing adultery and what happened. Everyone found her guilty of adultery and was picking up stones, preparing to throw them at her. One spoke up and said, “We found her in the very act of adultery.” The woman of course, was frightened and embarrassed and no one was standing up for her, except Jesus, who happened to be walking by. Jesus, at that moment, gave the finest example of grace there ever was when he said, “Whoever is without sin, let him throw the first stone.” Every time I think of these words, I’m taken aback.

Imagine what they all thought when they heard those words! Something like, “Who does he think he is?” But Jesus stood firm and soon, one by one, they all put their stones down. When Jesus said, “Whoever is without sin, let him throw the first stone,” they knew he was right; and they then put down their stones. John 8:1-11 NKJV

Imagine for a moment, if this kind of action happened somewhere in our society and a woman was going to be stoned to death or killed by some other means and someone spoke up and said the same words, I wonder what would happen. Would they laugh? Would they try to kill the person? Sometimes in our society we see individuals helping others in peril but we also see others who join in and kill randomly anyone in their path.

When you think about the world and how many countries and individuals no longer look on sin as sin, how does this attitude on sin affect us worldwide? Look at the in-fighting overseas with governments killing their own people so they can stay in power. Look at the many talk shows here in the US and overseas where anything from incest to murder is discussed like it was part our daily lives.

Going back to what Jesus did with the woman who was going to be stoned. What a wonderful and blessed standard he set for people back then and now. If Jesus didn’t do what his Father told him to do as far as helping and loving people and spreading the word of God, we would be living in a world with no hope of redemption. But of course, Christ did die for our sins and we have had for several thousands of years the choice of following him and going about our Father’s business or following a much darker path.

When Jesus said, “Woman go and sin no more, he not only showed leadership but also grace, two options to choose from, unconditional love and forgiveness.

The word grace has several meanings such as extreme kindness and goodness but the meaning of that word that stands out the most is “allowing someone to be free;” even though he or she committed a sin.

Again, take another look at what Jesus did. He said, “Whoever is without sin, let him throw the first stone.” Of course, everyone in the crowd knew that they were sinners; so the stoning of the woman stopped. What made this event extraordinary was what Jesus said to the crowd and how the people reacted to what he said. He spoke as if a leader; which he was and with His Truth, they were convicted. 

Another interesting point was made in Jesus’ dialogue with the woman. He also said to her, “Go and sin no more.” One could interpret that as meaning, “I will not throw stones at you because of your sin; however, it is important that you turn away from sin and sin no more.”

Again, he was offering a choice. She could go and sin no more, or she could walk away and sin another time. Clearly, this was not a dictator talking; it was a compassionate, all-caring person, better known as the Prince of Peace.
Isn't it wonderful and isn't it amazing that Jesus doesn't dictate to us on how to live. He offers us a decision; we can choose an abundant life with Him or we can choose a life that is less than mediocre and often filled with a path that leads nowhere.
Which will you choose?
Copyright Toni Star 2014


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