Tuesday, February 11, 2014

When a guy tears up at Morning Prayer...

"Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”" (John 8:10-11)

These words from the Gospel reading for the day brought me to tears when they were read. Brought me to tears again when they were preached. Friends, never forget what it means that Jesus is our Advocate: no one is left to condemn us, and the very one who could (SHOULD!) condemn us does not, but showers his love on us despite everything we've done, and based on no promise of good faith but his own: "Neither do I condemn you." These words free us, utterly. Now do I, the once-condemned, walk free from the sin I've done and into the life he gave.