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Just like that Woman

I started this blog to write down the things that are on my heart and share them with each of you! Not gonna lie, I've been having some issues with getting my thoughts in order and actually writing down what is on my heart. But here I am, just writing the first thing that comes to my mind before my creative writing skills just stop flowing.

Recently, my heart has been so full of the goodness and grace of God. One bible passage in particular has stood out to me. This is the part where I act like a preacher and say in my most preachery voice, "Now would you please open your bibles and turn with me to the Gospel of John chapter 8."......😂

Oook......John 8:7 says "......He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."

The account of the adulterous women is one I have always found intriguing. All these sinners gathered around this accused woman, ready to serve up some justice. In the presence of the only perfect human being to ever live on the face of the earth. I love how Jesus pierces their hearts with this line "He that is without sin, may cast the first stone." MIC DROP.....I can only imagine the total conviction that crushed their hearts as they realized the truth of Jesus' words.

On a side note, I think verse 6 is Jesus confirming that it is ok for us to ignore people sometimes. Verse 6 says "Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 😂

Anyway, let's just put ourselves in this woman's shoes for a minute. She is caught in the very act of adultery, there is no talking your way out of this one. She knows the laws of Moses and she knows this crime is deserving of death. Hauled by her accusers to the literal feet of her Maker. The whole plot of this story is the Pharisees trying to trip Jesus up so they have a real good reason to accuse him. But we all know, you can't pull one over on Jesus so easily. This woman's life is hanging in the balance, an angry mob ready to rain down on her with rocks and Jesus is on the ground drawing in the dirt. To be honest I really don't understand that at all. Was this just Jesus trying to buy some thinking time or did he legitimately have a picture to draw in the dirt? I guess we'll never know, but I'm gonna find out someday. Just imagine the feeling of absolute fear and terror this woman must of been experiencing. Not to mention the shame of her sin and being caught in the very act. She had to of been thinking these were the last moments of her life and she was encompassed by giants that hated her. But oh, her Saviour stood in her midst and He is bigger than the biggest giants you will ever face.

NOW........ for my most favorite part........AMAZING GRACE!!!

The reason I love this story so much is because of the amazing display of grace shown by the Saviour. I see myself just like that woman, on her knees before the Lord, wrapped in rags of sin and shame. Overwhelmed by the grace of the only one who could throw a stone. When I think all He can see is my sin, all He shows me is His grace. If you are on your knees before the Lord crushed by the burden of sin. GET. BACK. UP. Jesus is not standing above you looking down, He is knelt right there beside you in the dirt. He doesn't wait for you on the other side of your pain, at the end of the tunnel or on the other side of the darkest, deepest valley. Jesus meets you right. where. you. are. at. Whether you are on your knees, waiting, walking, or running. Jesus is going beside you through your pain, through your suffering, and through your trials. He knows what it is to be human, He sees you and He understands your struggle. Jesus' final recorded words to this woman were "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." Jesus did not come with condemnation in mind, but salvation. John 3:17 says, "For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." If that doesn't give you amazing hope in the amazing grace that Jesus provides then I don't know what will.

Just like that woman you can find hope and grace in the goodness of Jesus Christ.

Sincerely, Chelsea💕


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