Jesus exemplified outrageous grace and mercy. While there are many illustrations of this quality, I am often drawn to the woman caught in the act of adultery. I have so many questions about this situation. According to the law, she and her partner should have been stoned. But where was he? Why was she only brought to Jesus for judgment?
As a woman, I feel the humiliation and shame of standing before a crowd of accusers completely without protection. She was naked in so many ways — with no one speaking up for her or covering her nakedness. The utter hopelessness of the situation overwhelms me. Her fate was sealed the moment she was discovered.
She thought this would be the end ….
Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”John 8:1-11
Outrageous, reckless grace and mercy! Oh to know and experience this love from the Creator of our souls!
Do you most need to experience it today or show it to another? Be outrageous today in giving and receiving recklessly!