The following scripture came up during conversation the other day with a friend. As she was speaking, the Lord gave me a beautiful vision of how these words could speak to us today, when we speak things about ourselves, or when the devil tries to use things against us. It was a perfect vision of how Jesus always has our back!
John 8 - 1:11 The Message (MSG)
Jesus went across to Mount Olives, but he was soon back in the Temple again. Swarms of people came to him. He sat down and taught them. The religion scholars and Pharisees led in a woman who had been caught in the 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?" She replied, "No one, Master." "Neither do I," said Jesus. "Go on your way. From now on, sin no more."
You have just been caught in the act of adultery. Red-handed. No way to deny it. You are then placed in front of not only Jesus, but the whole town square, and your sin is publicly announced. Can you imagine the humiliation, the shame, the guilt, you must be feeling? If it were me, I would want to crawl under a rock and die!!
Then you have Jesus standing in front of you. Jesus! Of all people to be there the day they make a public display of your ugly sin! I can relate to how this woman must have felt. I have not lived a perfect life, and yes, I have committed adultery before. So for me to imagine what this woman must have felt like, there is no imagination here. I KNOW what she felt like!!
But, let's use another sin. What if it were gossip, or stealing, or lying, or some other sin in your life. How would you feel standing in front of all of these people, and Jesus, and having your sin announced to the whole town square? Not very good, huh?
Scripture says the very first thing Jesus did, before He even said one word, is he bent down and drew a line in the dirt _______________________ Imagine that with me for a minute. Not one word. He simply just drew a line in the dirt.
Here is what the Lord showed me yesterday. We've ALL sinned. No matter how big or small our sin was, it is still sin. All sin is forgiven by Jesus, right? But, how many times has your past sin been brought back up to you, by the enemy, Satan? How many times has he tried to remind you of the ugliness of that sin, the pain, humiliation, shame, or guilt? How many times have you gone back to Jesus and asked for forgiveness because the guilt, shame, and humiliation, is still there?
In this conversation with a friend of mine yesterday, I saw this so very clearly. The devil reminds me of our sin over and over, and we start to carry that pain, humiliation, guilt, and shame, again. Then all of a sudden Jesus bends down and draws a line in the dirt and says, "NO MORE!!! I draw the line here, Satan! You cannot use this sin against her any longer! It is finished! Today is the day that I stoop down and draw the line in the sand and say NO MORE! She is mine. She is forgiven, once and for all. Be gone!"
I can just see Jesus doing this for this adulterous woman, and for you and I! Drawing a line in the sand has always carried that meaning that it is done! It stops here! No more! Be done with it!
I love that! Don't You!!!??? It is finished! No more! Satan can no longer use that shame, guilt, and humiliation, against you! You have no reason to walk in that shame any longer! Your sin has been forgiven, and your slate has been washed clean. You are white as snow. Jesus didn't continue the public humiliation with this adulterous woman. In fact, He tells her that He does not condemn her, and instructs her to sin no more. He loves her! I'll bet that woman left there that day feeling freer than she has ever felt before!
Today, I just want to encourage you with this. We have all sinned. Not one single person on this earth has not sinned, with the exception of Jesus, of course. The devil will try and use your sins against you, in any way that he possibly can. But today, allow Jesus to draw the line for you! You draw your own line! If you have asked Jesus to forgive your sins, then the enemy has no right to condemn you any longer! The word says in 1 John 1:9, that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Once He does, it's a done deal. That sin is gone! Removed from your slate. To be remembered no more! Jesus drew the line for you! Don't ever let Satan try and use that sin against you again! It is done! Walk in that freedom! Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!