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.” John 8:10-11
Writing about adultery was not on my list of things that I was looking forward to doing. As I read I just kept seeing adultery and not the bigger story that Jesus was telling.I continued to read the passage over and over again. I kept thinking that there had to be something more to this story. Why did Jesus use an adulterous woman to teach the religious leaders a lesson? He knew that they were going to bring her to him to test him, so why her? Why a woman, since they held very little status in the culture at that time? Why a woman who had to have felt helpless, hopeless and not worthy of a second chance?
What kept coming to my mind is that God truly is the God of second chances. He doesn’t care where you or I have been. He doesn’t care what is in our past because the thing He does is redeem the past. No matter how big, bad or ugly the past is God can redeem it. But He does ask us to do something, we aren’t off the hook completely. He asks us to go and sin no more. He asks us to learn from our past decisions, actions and who we were and to turn from them and turn to Him. He is the only one who can provide hope, healing and forgiveness that will fulfill our hearts and allow us to embrace our second chance.
While I may not completely relate to the adulterous woman’s sin, I surely have been in need of a second chance. A second chance to redeem my sin, darkness and brokenness to show God’s glory and redemption. I think that we have all felt like the adulterous woman in some sense. I know that I have felt like I don’t deserve a second chance. As I sit here and write this I think about how I sometimes feel like I need a second chance when it comes to my role as a wife and mom. I know it seems so trite but in reality that is my story right now. How my selfishness and desire to control the people that I am closest to often trumps my desire to do what God has called me to do with these relationships. It is sin to think that my way is better than God’s way and that I have a better plan than He does. My family is His gift to me and I should treat it as such and turn and sin no more. My prayer is that as I continue to run towards the giver of second chances and that I will continue to embrace the grace and redemption He freely offers.