Bible Verse: “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1:27-28

Scripture Reading: John 8:1-11

The story of the woman caught in adultery, found in John 8:1-11, establishes the fact that we are all sexual sinners. All of us.

But it also shows how Jesus deals with sexual sinners. In the gospels, Jesus meets a lot of obvious sexual sinners. He is unfailingly gracious to all of them.

In John 8:11 of this passage he says, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Ray Ortlund says:

By these wonderful words, Jesus creates for this woman, and for everyone who will join her, a new unaccused place for guilty sinners caught in the act … “They shamed you, but I am covering you. They accused you, but I am forgiving you. They stigmatized you, but I am dignifying you. They excluded you, but I am welcoming you.”

Jesus is where sinners can live again. What this woman doesn’t know is that Jesus is even at this moment on his way to the cross, to bear her sin for her. What she did the night before would be washed away by the blood of his cross. He will pay her penalty under the wrath of God. And if Jesus bears our condemnation, we bear it no more. We’re free to live again – this time, for his glory.

What wonderful news!

The culture’s vision for sexual flourishing is bankrupt, and we are all sexually broken, and yet we serve a God who’s eager to forgive and repair our broken sexuality.

He invites us to come to the cross. The ground is level there. Jesus provides more grace than we could ever need. He is only and always tender to anyone who comes to him for life. Come today to Jesus. He will not turn you away.

Darryl Dash, founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto, ON

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