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Lenten Devotional – Day 23

Lent 3“Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”



The story breaks here in most printed versions of the Bible.  One of my good friends hates that.  He thinks ending the story there sets up the woman for failure because she could not “sin no more,” try as she wanted.

If the lesson we take away is to “go and be good,” then who needs Jesus?  He hasn’t really saved the woman, or us.  “She, and I, will screw up in a matter of minutes after leaving His side,” he finished.

He’s right.  Even if this woman chose not to go back to her lover, other sins would quickly disqualify her from a relationship with God.  There is no hope if the story ends there.

Continuing on, however, my friend read aloud the very next verse in the passage:

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”

Jesus does not abandon me, warning me to behave.  Instead He promises to give me the light of life, to shine on the areas where I want to hide, not for my shame, but as a loving God who will be with me, guide me, and ultimately change me.

Yes, Jesus tells me not to sin, but even better, He gives me Himself so when I do sin, I don’t have to hide in the darkness anymore.  That is a reason to face another day. I will never be alone.

Take a moment right now to thank God for conquering sin for you.

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