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DEVOTIONS FOR MEN
Speaking while being crucified made the torture even worse. Every breath required Jesus to push up on a huge nail through both His feet and pull up on nails through His wrists, scraping His raw back on the rough wood of the cross. Those who had Him crucified continued to shout insults, and those who had physically beaten and crucified Him surrounded Him. Still, Jesus made the effort to say seven things from the cross, and the first one was, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34, NIV).
Jesus did not take sin lightly. He never justified sin or endorsed compromise. In fact, He called His followers to perfection--godly behavior that flowed naturally from heart that had been transformed by God Himself. To fully understand what He said on the cross, we must examine other things He said. In this case, take a moment to read John 8:2-11. Everything He said in that story is a clue about His perspective on sin and forgiveness.
1) Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.
Jesus is NOT saying that her sin (or the sin of anyone in that crowd) was OK. He is NOT saying that they are wrong to call adultery wrong. He IS saying that we are all guilty of sin, and that we should forgive as we have been forgiven (see Matthew 18:22-35).
2) Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?
Jesus is helping her understand that her life was not over. Instead, He is inviting her back into her own story. Note that He does NOT say, "It's OK. I know you loved him, and he loved you. Don't let anyone tell you that adultery--or anything done out of love--is wrong." He is simply helping her notice that her accusers have decided not to press charges. The verdict is still guilty, but no sentencing will take place. She is free to go.
3) Then neither do I condemn you. Now go and leave your life of sin.
To condemn is to sentence, to write off, to label, or to give up on someone. Jesus' words and actions had nothing to do with the rightness or wrongness of her actions. He simply refuses to send her to her punishment at this point in her life. He paroles her. He gives her a chance to do things differently.
God's love and mercy must never be misinterpreted as endorsement of sin or some kind of obsession with accepting and loving everyone with no regard to behavior. One of the best examples of the kind of redemptive love God has for His people is in this clip. Note that the father doesn't just accept His son's failure to win or blame that failure on his energy. Instead, he comes alongside him, helps him up, and helps him FINISH. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE