When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:10-12 NKJV
As we are wrapping up the season of Lent and with Palm Sunday coming next week – today, I’m looking at what lessons Jesus was teaching in preparation for His departure. From the mount of Olives again (almost like the other set of book ends matching the start of His teaching in his Olivet discourse and the Beattitudes in Matthew 5), Jesus now teaches those who believe they are “religious enough” to judge others what His Kingdom is about.
Yes, it is about repentance and sinning no more. But it isn’t about judging and condemning others. He brings hope, faith, and love to a world in need. And this is what we are meant to bring if we follow in His footsteps. We are not the accusers of our brethren, we are the liberators.