The Adulterous Woman and Grace
By Pastor Poju Oyemade
When the woman who was caught in adultery was brought to Jesus, He addressed her situation on three distinct levels, helping her overcome three things she confronted. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross and His advocacy on our behalf at the right hand of the Father still speaks to those three things today.
The three things are
- Dealing with words of accusation uttered from the lips of men with the intention of ruining the life of the person.
- Making the person know that God is not condemning you for your mistakes.
- Go and sin no more.
As the story goes, this woman was supposedly caught in the act and dragged to Jesus. Their intent wasn’t really obedience to the law of God but how they could make Jesus say something they could now legitimately use against Him.
John 8: 3-6
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.
Remember they asked “Now Moses in the law commanded us…..but what sayest thou?” The idea here being the law came by Moses but grace and truth by Jesus. The words of Christ was the answer of grace to that situation.
The first thing Jesus did was to fight off the accusers. His finished work on the cross deals squarely with satan’s major weapon which is words of accusation from the lips of men against us. He has put Himself in a position on our behalf where no weapon formed or fashioned against us shall prosper. What is the weapon Isaiah was referring to here? “Every tongue that rises against us….” satan is the accuser of the brethren, that’s his major work to raise tongues on the earth to condemn person, ministry, organization or church with the intent of shutting them down.
Christ’s answer is this Romans 8:31-34
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
How many individuals, ministries, churches, businesses etc have suffered great damage because they didn’t know how to fight back when satan raised tongues to speak falsely against them.
Isaiah 50:8-9 (KJV)
8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
9 Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
Jesus fought the accusers, learn to condemn in prayer every tongue that rises against you. Paul’s ministry was attacked this way out of envy
Acts 13:45 “But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.” The second thing Jesus dealt with was the feeling that God has sentenced me to some form of punishment for my mistake. To feel condemned is to believe there will be some external punishment from heaven as regards this. So one cannot fight back the maneuvers of satan in one’s environment thinking the negative circumstance is God sent as punishment for my mistake and transgression.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: