My morning started out by getting pulled over by the police. How did your morning go? I was in a little bit of a hurry and thought that I could get through the yellow light before it turned red. I was incorrect. Even still, I thought it was no big deal. We’ve all been there and done that. Then I spotted the cop as he pulled behind me. I was caught.
I pulled off the road and the officer came to my window and said, “Are you aware that you just blew through a red light?” I was aware, but I had a choice to make. I considered arguing that it was still yellow, but I knew that it was red. I said to him, “I’m running a little late and thought that I could make the yellow. I have no excuse though.” He asked me for my license and proof of insurance and went back to his car. About a minute later, he came back to my window and said, “I’m not going to write you up. We’re all in a hurry. Just be more mindful from now on.” I thanked him and we both went our separate ways.
The truth of the situation is that I deserved a ticket. I knowingly broke the law. It wasn’t my intention, but that doesn’t change the action. I was guilty and nothing that I could do was going to change that. The only reason that I was able to go on without consequence is because the police officer had mercy on me… mercy that I didn’t deserve.
As I was driving to work and reflecting on what had just happened, I was reminded of the woman caught in adultery which takes place in John 8: 1-12. To make a long story short, the woman was caught in the act of adultery and brought before Jesus. The law of the day sentenced anyone who committed adultery to be stoned to death. As the crowd picked up their rocks to kill this woman, Jesus spoke those famous words, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Everyone dropped their rocks and went away. Suddenly, it is just Jesus and the woman alone. Jesus asked the woman a question, “Where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” the woman replied. Then Jesus speaks some of the most beautiful words ever spoken, “Then neither do I condemn you.”
She was guilty. She deserved death according to the law. However, Jesus’ love for this woman supersedes the law because he is greater than the law. He didn’t care about her mistakes, and he wasn’t interested in punishing her. What he was interested in was offering this woman grace and mercy.
That is still what Jesus is interested in today. His love for you knows no bounds. He even willingly died on the cross to save you. It’s not about your sin; it’s about his love. There is nothing that you can do that will ever be bad enough that will make Jesus stop loving you. Just like I was guilty of running a red light, just as the woman was guilty of committing adultery, we are all guilty of sin. However, no sin will ever be greater than Jesus’ love for you. We don’t need to run from him whenever we’ve made mistakes. We need to run to him and hear those same words that he spoke to the woman, “Neither do I condemn you.” Thank God for grace.
Thank you for taking the time to read this today. I hope that you found some encouragement in what I wrote. If you did, please like and share this post and share it. It would mean the world to me!