When a bunch of crusty, mean, self-righteous, religious dirtbags caught a woman in the act of adultery, they pounced at the chance to bring judgment.
In front of a big crowd, they asked Jesus, “The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
They were having the time of their lives… a good old fashioned stoning was about to get underway, and they were confident their question would make Jesus say something that could be used against him too.
Unfortunately for them, Jesus was perfect example of confident strength, courage and grace.
As they pressed Him for an answer, He stood up and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”
All her accusers left.
Think about Jesus’ response… “let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.”
Who is the one who has never sinned?
Jesus. He’s the only one who has never sinned.
He’s the only one with a right to throw stones.
Jesus has every right to judge and condemn – to throw the stone – but instead he gives grace.
Grace has stones – and the right to use them, but chooses to set them down.
The lady in this story was having a very bad day:
Caught. Embarrassed. Humiliated. Judged. Condemned. About to die.
And then grace stepped in.
The story of her bad day was rewritten with a new ending: Rescued. Loved. Forgiven. Accepted. Freed.
Having a bad day? Bad week? Bad year? Bad life?
Your story isn’t over yet!
No matter how bad things have gotten, grace will rewrite your story.