August 15, 2022     7:47 am
59. Week of Third Sunday after Epiphany - Tuesday
Woman taken in adultery
          Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more.   John 8:11
          In the last autumn of His earthly sojourn Jesus went to the Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem. On the day after the feast, early in the morning, He came into the temple and all the people came to Him. He sat down and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him: "Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned; but what do You say?" They said this to tempt Him, that they might be able to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, presumably to indicate that it was not His business to interfere with the administration of civil justice. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself and said to them: "He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her." And again He stooped down, and wrote on the ground, now, perhaps, to let His simple word take effect. And they, when they heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, down to the last. And Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing in the midst. (John 8:1-11.)
          Here we see the Saviour in His official capacity. He did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. He did not condemn the woman, but met her as her Redeemer. He forgave her sins to her. And He said: "Sin no more." And so He meets us. He forgives us all our sins. We must believe this. And then we must go, and serve sin no more.
          PRAYER: - Kind Saviour, to me also You forgive all sins. Of this I am fully assured. Your Law condemns me, my conscience condemns me, men condemn me, but not You. Now grant me also Your Holy Spirit to the end that from a heart filled with gratitude to You I may hate sin, and love and serve You. Forgive my sins to me daily, yes, always, give me daily, yes, unceasingly, Your Holy Spirit, that I may continually hate sin, and love and serve You, kind Saviour. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     7:47 am