Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did.
A very good morning to you blessed and happy people! It is a new week, yeeey! How great is our God to have brought us this far. Days are moving really fast and furious, like the torrents of a storm.
I somehow woke up with a very heavy heart today. It is normal to but I don’t feel it anymore. There is so much I could get to think about. Until, the story of Mary Magdalene came to mind. She was a condemned woman by the people.
Her story is in John 8:1-11. She lived a sinful life yes, a life the Lord hates, a life that kept her far from Jesus. For this, the world judged her. The world saw how filthy she was. Called her a husband snatcher, an adulterer, one who slept with [every man she would find. She lived in sin and pleasure. “A life the Lord hates”
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
When you are in sin, not necessarily adultery, it could be gossip, it could be judging, stealing, drug addiction, and many, many sins that we commit. The world will judge you for each and everyone of it. There will be noises all round you saying… “Stoner her!” “Stone her”, just like the time of the passion of our Lord, the noises said, “Crucify him!”, “Crucify Him!”
There are two things that are similar in Mary Magdalene’s life and that of our Lord Jesus. At the time when both were surrounded by furious crowds so ready to take their lives, they were both silent. Their spirits were calm, their mouths were shut. Jesus had not sinned. But He did not open His mouth, neither did He make any move to justify Himself or prove that He wasn’t a sinner. Mary on the other hand had sinned yes. But she did not jeer at the mob saying that no one was perfect and that we all had fallen into sin at one point. She as quiet and calm, bending low before Lord Jesus.
Our lives are crowded by very many negative forces. I asked myself today, have I been a good daughter of the most High God? Have I been a good friend to the friends He has put in my path? I could come up with very many figurative answers in my mind. But He asked me, “Are you sorry for what you have done wrong? Are you willing to renew your commitment with me and try again?” I said “Yes Lord, I am willing to give it another try.” He told me, “The word condemns you, but I do not. Go and sin no more.”
We all would love to have people around us that understand us but do not judge us. As we would want all this, others are crying out to Jesus for people that love them, that appreciate them, that keep them on toes, that do not judge them but rather correct them in love. It is not easy being alone among so many who are against you, but it is possible to live among all that are against you but believing in the Lord who doesn’t judge, who doesn’t condemn.
May we on this day not be first to open our mouths ti judge harshly, to gossip, to condemn. May we rather be like Jesus who waited in silence for the people to keep quiet, and told them “Let anyone who has not sinned be the first to cast a stone.”
As we strive to be humble today and everyday, may your wounds be healed, may your broken friendships and relationships be restored, may you be filled with love once again, in that heart that has been filled with fear and loath for self.
Here is a final encouragement. Mary Magdalene, was condemned, judged so harshly by the world. Jesus loved her, forgave her and she began to live a life pleasing to the Lord. Her resolve granted her a very huge favor. She became first to witness the risen Lord. May your renewed commitment grant you a favor no one has witnessed before. May the Lord choose you this day for the love you have for Him!
Thanks for reading. From my heart to yours. 🙂