If you’re reading this locked in a jail cell, haunted by an addiction or even chronically depressed, this passage is for you. On the other hand, if you’re basically a “good person” who always “colors inside the lines” but still understands that you need a Savior, this passage is for you as well. What I’m saying is that it’s equally for the prodigal son, and his prodigal brother.

Did I cover everyone?

John 8: 3-11 says this ” The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain sight of everyone and said, “Teacher, this woman was caught red-handed in the act of adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such persons. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something incriminating so they could bring charges against him.

Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger in the dirt. They kept at him, badgering him. He straightened up and said, “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Bending down again, he wrote some more in the dirt.

Hearing that, they walked away, one after another, beginning with the oldest. The woman was left alone. Jesus stood up and spoke to her. “Woman, where are they? Does no one condemn you?”

“No one, Master.”

“Neither do I,” said Jesus. “Go on your way. From now on, don’t sin.”

Now, do you really think the woman went around for the rest of her life obeying his command? Do you really think from that encounter with Jesus on that she “sinned no more” for the rest of her life?

Of course not!

Like all of us, there probably wasn’t a day that went by from that day forward that the lady didn’t “fall short of the Glory of God.” Romans 3:23.

This passage is about grace. Pure and undeserved. The kind that each of us receives when we say “no” to the life that we used to live and “yes” to the future forevermore.

But in that short line – sin no more – it’s also a passage about holiness. Sin is serious. Rebellion against God cannot go unpunished. That’s why Jesus said, “sin no more!” He was proclaiming that fact. Fortunately for you and me and all who trust in Christ, “the punishment fell on him.” Isaiah 53:6

Be encouraged today in the fact that grace is ours every day. For the good days and the bad days. For the believing drug addict, the man in prison and Franklin Graham. For all who believe.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” John 1:12

Something to think about.

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