We celebrated Homecoming this past Sunday. What a special time to see so many people come back “home” to visit and worship! This Sunday was quite different from many.
We began by hearing an account of the woman who was caught in adultery and was brought to Jesus. As we know, the purpose of the woman being there was just to put Jesus in an awkward position and have Him condemn this woman through stoning as was the law. Instead, Jesus turned the situation around. He had them look at themselves and the one without sin was to cast the first stone. They, of course, dropped their stones and went away. But, what about the woman? Jesus is there for her, too. He provides peace in this difficult storm. He provides safety despite the circumstances. He provides forgiveness as only He can do. He provides a saving power that is unmatched.
So, I ask to you:
Let’s think about the stones for just a moment. In the story of the woman caught in adultery, stones were going to be used by the people of that day to kill. They had already hurled stones at her before then. They had hurled stones of bad looks…judgments…condemnation for what she had done – as if their sins were justified and hers not. Jesus caused them to take a look at themselves and realize that their sins were no better than hers. They were all sinners in need of saving grace.
We can hurl stones at people – judge them for their actions – cast a glare because we think we know who they are…We would be forgetting that Jesus tells us to cast the first stone if we are without sin.
Thus far, the Lord has helped us!