This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. John 8:8
Have you ever wondered why Jesus wrote in the sand? Or pondered even what He wrote? I believe it was not so much what He wrote, but rather the demonstration He gave in choosing to ignore the accusations being railed towards the woman caught in adultery.
Jesus was purposeful in everything He said and did. His actions often spoke louder than His words, even to the point of defeating eternal death for all who would come near and know Him as Lord and Savior.
So much of our lives has been spent on sinking sand. And the times we too have suffered from getting caught in sin, bare and open for the World to see, He is there to join with us, erasing our past in order we may go forward with a clean heart and a clean slate. I cannot count all the times that just like the Pharisees, others are just waiting for my mess up in order to capture me in their net of accusation. The truth is… I am already guilty, broken and full of shame. And it is because I recognize the lack of me, I can fully embrace the Redeemer Who lives within… Him.
Every single day, Jesus writes in the sand upon the fabric of our lives, making all things new and beautiful in His time. Even broken messes like me and you, we are His specialty. Jesus always gravitated to those in need of Him and He changes not. What was His true nature then, is still prevalent in how He moves by compassion to embrace those of a broken heart. As He writes a new word over our lives, what was crushing our souls is turned into a glorious testimony of Him.
The sand represents that which is temporary. All these struggles, heartaches and disappointments are not joined with our destiny in Jesus. In His covering love He embraces us and gently begins to love us back into truth. His truth, not what man says, but what the Lord Himself knows to be true. Jesus rewrites our past failures with one touch of His hand upon our hearts.
I can only imagine the emotions this woman must have felt as she was presented before the Lord in open shame. She likely looked down, gazing upon His worn and dirty feet, ready to receive the punishment she already knew she deserved. If she is at all like me, every accusation railed against was true and if they only knew, time and again she had done worse than that, as a women with a desperate heart for love. Jesus already knew and it was her desperation that moved Him to embrace her in His love, making her whole. He is doing the same with us, each time we get caught, He wipes the shame and fear away.
… And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8:11
The truth is ~ This woman found herself that day. As Jesus removed her out of the clutches of her accusers, she broke free from being an adulterer bound in shame. She was no longer bound by the weight of sin caused by pleasing others to the place where she lost herself.
She was found, once lost, now found.
Jesus restored her true identity in Him, erasing all the past mistakes which had tainted her vision of who she really was.
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. Psalm 72:12
It is my prayer we no longer be shameful of being needy, broken and hurt. To deny our shortcomings, would be to deny Jesus’s desire to make us clean and new in Him. Remember this is your story, Jesus is the Author and Finisher of all that is written about you. Man often sees all our missteps, while Jesus erases them. So this begs the question… Just “Who” should we follow after?
May The Lord Bless You In His Love,
💗Angela ~ Marked By Heaven