Saturday, May 20, 2017

If Only~

If only they would have known.

And yet, from their very actions,
it is very clear,
they didn't have a clue.

The one they thought would stand with them,
stooped passively to the ground and
began writing in the sand.

The one they thought would listen to their accusations,
knelt silently in their midst and
began speaking to their hearts.

The one they thought would dole out judgment,
stood in this temple
now turned into a make-shirt courtroom and
began revealing again
why He was here,
why He had come,
why He had placed upon His divinity, humanity.

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone."*

"Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath not man condemned thee?"**

"Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."***

And this, yes - this:
"Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man."****

If only they would have known
the heart and the mission of Jesus.

If they had,
these seekers of judgment and condemnation,
never would have taken this disgraced lady
and placed her at the feet of the God of all grace.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; 
but that the world through him might be saved.
~John 3:17

If only they would have known
Jesus doesn't seek to find our faults and expose them to the world;
Jesus seeks to find our hearts and expose us to His love, forgiveness, and grace.

If only they would have known
Jesus isn't a judge; Jesus is a Savior.

And while sin abounded that day
in the lives of all that were present,
(all except Jesus, of course)
only one found grace.
Only one found forgiveness.
Only one left free and whole.

If only they would have known.

* ~John 8:7
** ~John 8:10
***~John 8:11
****~John 8:15

1 comment:

  1. Stacy, this is brilliant! I love that! May I use it for the next article I write for my website? Of course I would include your website in it! Blessings, Jeanne


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