5. Sin requires justice.
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In today’s culture, we might be tempted to excuse sin. We want to know the reasons behind it, reasons that somehow justify the behavior. Was the woman married to a callused jerk and in desperate need of affection? Had the man she slept with seduced her? Had she perhaps been lonely or sad or in some other way emotionally compromised and therefore not responsible for her actions, or at the very least, not deserving of such a harsh punishment?
But Jesus never refuted the law of Moses nor the penalty of stoning. Instead, He widens its scope, implying that they and this woman were equally guilty. As He challenged the sinless to throw the first stone, did any of them remember His statement, recorded in Matthew 5, where He equated lustful thoughts with adulterous actions?
Romans 6:23 silences all whitewashing attempts when it says, “For the wages” or payment “of sin is death.”
We understand the concept of justice when considering our modern courts of law, but do we draw that same connection to the ultimate lawgiver—God? When it applies to others, like the murderer and thief, perhaps, but what about when we, like the scribes and Pharisees, are the ones being called out?
It is then that we long for mercy, and God gives us that through Christ, but to receive His gift of grace, we must first recognize the depth of our sin and the consequences we deserve. Christ’s death on the cross only makes sense in light of Hebrews 9:22 which says there’s no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.
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