Scripture reading for May 14th: John 8:1-20
When we think of going before a judge to face charges, our hearts race knowing that our future and fate is bound up in the decision of one in authority. We have no control over how they will rule and often we doubt that they will be fair. We all will have to face judgment as believers and a different judgment if we are not a believer. Jesus Christ will be the judge, but we do not have to fear any injustice!
As Jesus was again teaching in the Temple, the Pharisees brought a woman to Him who had been caught in the very act of adultery. “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do You say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him.” (John 8:4-5) These men were intent on tripping up Jesus, but Jesus took his finger and began to write in the dust of the ground. After being pressed for an answer, Jesus replied, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)
As Jesus continued to write in the dust, all the accusers left and the woman was there with Jesus. Finally, Jesus stood up and addressed the woman. “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, Sir,” she replied. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:10-11)
Jesus skillfully turned the tables on these religious Jews who were trying to trap Him. Jesus is a capable judge and knows everything about each person. His judgments are just and true because they come from the Father who also knows everything. These two witnesses, Jesus and the Father, are always trustworthy and perfect. (John 8:14-18) Jesus would rather show mercy on one who was humble and repentant than to judge. He came to pay the penalty for sin and open the door to mercy for everyone who believes.
As believers, we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to receive reward for the deeds done in our body. (2nd Corinthians 5:10) Unbelievers will stand before the Great White Throne and be justly judged. (Revelation 20:11-14) Each judgment will be just and true!