We all tried it. Grab a stick or a rock and write our name in the sand. We also knew that our name would quickly be blown away by the wind or washed away by the ocean. I mean, if our name would remain permanently, we’d probably think twice about writing our names in dirt.
John 8:3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman they had caught in bed with a man who was not her husband. They forced her to stand in front of the people.
Joh 8:4 They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
Joh 8:5 The Law of Moses commands us to stone to death any such woman. What do you say we should do?”
Joh 8:6 They were saying this to trick Jesus. They wanted to catch him saying something wrong so that they could have a charge against him. But Jesus stooped down and started writing on the ground with his finger.
I always wondered why or what Jesus wrote on the ground and I’m kind of hesitant to do research on it because there are way too many opinions when it comes to open-ended scripture. So far what I have researched concludes to be unclear.
I remember sitting in the living room watching The Bible Series and paying close attention to the part when Jesus wrote on the ground. I asked God what it meant.
Sunday, my pastor preached and he mentioned something that he once heard about writing in dirt or sand.
“It’s like Jesus writes our sin on sand because with one gust of wind, it blows away. It’s no longer there to be mentioned or remembered again”.
Is that what Jesus meant? Maybe there are other explanations as to what He did but for now I’ll stick to that one. The women was clearly guilty of her sin. Jesus doesn’t answer the Pharisee, He simply knelt and wrote in the ground. He doesn’t have to prove Himself to anyone, He was more concerned with the women’s salvation.
Sometimes, we want to spend our days accusing and choosing wheather or not someone deserves salvation when we tend to forget that our main concern is to save the lost.
Our sin has been blown away. The seas of grace washed it without a trace. Receive that forgiveness and stop accusing yourself. Jesus saves and your sin is like sand in the wind.