Things happen in life. We make mistakes that we regret. Sometimes those things keep resurfacing and we agonize through them again and again. There is a passage in John 8 that brought healing to a woman 2,000 years ago and can still bring healing to us all today.
Backing up a few chapters to John 3, we find the most quoted verse in the world, John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
God tells us how much He loves us and how we can have eternal life by believing in His Son. The next verse John 3:17 tells us the why!
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17, ESV)
If I asked you, “What do you think the word condemn means...what would you say? Perhaps you think of a building that is no longer usable or someone or something that is evil. The Greek word for condemn in this passage is “krínō” (κρίνω) which means to judge or to decide on a punishment.
All of us have suffered from hurtful decisions that we have made in our past. We have felt judged, ostracized, unworthy and condemned.
Now got back to John chapter 8. The woman who was caught in adultery is brought to Jesus (I imagine she must have felt condemned!) and Jesus says whoever is without sin cast the first stone. Those who brought her to Jesus leave one by one. When they are gone, Jesus stands up and asks the woman, “Has no one condemned you?” she says, “No one, Lord.” Then Jesus says something that reiterates John 3:17, “Neither do I condemn you, go and from now on sin no more.”
Jesus did not come to punish us… because the Bible says that we are already going to be punished…remember the punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23) But God so loved you and me that He sent Jesus who took our punishment on the cross.
We have all said or done things we regret. We live in a world that is full of temptation and wrong desires. Admit it! We have all sinned. If there is a sin in your past that keeps resurfacing, perhaps you need to look around and hear Jesus words, “Woman, where are your accusers?” What matters in life is what does God say and think.
Jesus did not come into this world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him!
There is healing in the Name of Jesus! Call on Him today for He says, “Neither do I condemn you, go and from now on, sin no more.” John 8:11b
1. Is there a past sin that you struggle with? Read John 8 1-11. Re-read John 8:11 several times and spend some time talking with Jesus.
2. In light of John 3:16-17, what are things that you see as bringing condemnation in your life? Name each one out loud and after each one say, “Jesus came to save me!
3. Spend time journaling the above scripture in your own words.