Dust to dust you are made and dust to dust you will return.
A woman was brought to Jesus by the elders of the church. She had committed adultery. Jesus was told by the Pharisees to judge her for her wrong doing.
Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust. What was He writing? Was he reminding us that we came from this dust? That it was God who had formed us into the human we are?
Jesus, the King’s son, stooped down from his throne and came to earth, born in human form as a baby. He left his kingdom to come to earth to save us.
He made himself into a man, a no one in his humanity, but still King and Lord in his divinity.
His response to these accusers and to the one accuser, the enemy of us all, Satan, was to stand up, to stand as Almighty, as Saviour and rescue us. To stand up for us against the accusers.
And so he stood.
In John 8:7, after standing he said, “for those who have not sinned cast the first stone.”
Then he stoops again and writes in the dust. The dust that the creator of the earth wrote in long ago, spoke his word and breathed His life into us. Jesus, the Son of God, can write into our dust again if we let him. He can recreate us, make us new, whole, complete, full of life if we just let him.
Jesus stood once again and only the woman was left. No-one is guiltless, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Her heart must have been beating wildly in her chest as Jesus asks, “has no one condemned you? I do not condemn you either.”
Oh, what mercy! To hear him extend mercy to her and this same mercy is available to us all. Jesus stands up for all of us against our accusers. Against the accuser. His mercy is freely given to all.
Go and sin no more.
Go, change your life, your ways and sin no more.
What mercy he gives us, what saving grace! He does not accuse us.
What would our response be if Jesus gave us a new start to our lives? A time to go, change and start again. Jesus wants us to grab that opportunity that he gives us. Do it now!