The Gift of No Condemnation

John 8:11 “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

A woman caught in the act of adultery was brought before Jesus by the self righteous scribes and Pharisees. They tried to trap Him by posing a question that was difficult to answer: “Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” (John 8:5).

The scribes and Pharisees tried to entrap Jesus by asking Him to judge the Jewish law of adultery and in doing so; He would not only judging the Jewish law, but the Roman law as well. If finding the woman guilty and condemning her to stoning He would violate the Roman law which was in force at the time, which forbade stoning. If Jesus had judged Her not guilty, He would be guilty of breaking the Jewish law.

Jesus answered, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone” (John 8:7). The story tells us that scribes and Pharisees began to leave one by one till none of them were left.

The people in the crowd who wanted to condemn the woman could not. But Jesus, the only one in the crowd who truly had the power to condemn her, would not. He then asked her, “Woman… Has no one condemned you?” (John 8:10).

He spoke words of grace to her by asking her the question, He was giving her a chance to speak words of no condemnation to herself, “No one (no one condemns me, not even myself), Lord” (John 8:11).

Jesus not only spoke words of grace to her, He also gave her the gift of no condemnation “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more”. It was when she received the gift of no condemnation that she had the power to ‘go and sin no more’. The law condemns, but grace cannot do so.

Under the law Jesus would have had to condemn her of sin, the very thing her accusers wanted Him to do, but He didn’t, Jesus showed her grace.

Jesus didn’t condemn her and paraphrasing to make clear what He was saying, “therefore don’t use the law to condemn your self, it will only tell you, that you have sinned and deserve punishment. Go, do not use the law, but accept and use grace as I have done and sin no more.”

Today, you have the gift of no condemnation because the Son of God was condemned for all your sins (Romans 8:1). Today, God cannot condemn you, because He is faithful and just to what His Son has done.

J. Prince.


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