When the scribes and Pharisees brought the woman in adultery to Jesus, she was guilty without a doubt. The men knew this, and they wanted to see how Jesus would respond. This woman was literally in the act of sin when the men caught her, and brought her to the Lord for condemnation.
But Jesus didn’t condemn her.
Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” John 8:10-11 (NASB)
Grace. He gave her grace. Undeserved. He gave her grace because he loved her. His love, too, is undeserved. She was guilty and worthy of condemnation, but He showed her love and grace.
Last week, Yeffry and I were at the park with a friend. There were several young kids there playing in the park, but also climbing in and all over a bus that sat behind the Lions’ Club building. They were rough housing and messing around, and most certainly shouldn’t have been doing what they were doing.
Several police officers showed up on their bikes and went after the boys. One officer swung his helmet at one of the kids; I don’t know if he was intending to hit him or just scare him, but he definitely took a swing with the helmet. Meanwhile, Yeffry had pulled out his phone to video the incident. The police officers saw this, and addressed him.
In their all-powerful manner, they questioned Yeffry. My friend and I watched from afar. At the time, we didn’t know what was happening. All I heard was Yeffry saying, “Son niños!” They’re kids! After what seemed to be a very confrontational beginning, the mood calmed, and the officers ended up leaving, no harm done between them and Yeffry.
When we got home, I asked Yeffry what happened. He said, he saw what they were doing and that it wasn’t right so he grabbed his phone to video the incident. He told the officers that they were just kids. He told the officers they could’ve solved the problem with words rather than physical force. He asked them, “Would you want someone hitting your kids out on the street?”
One of the things I love about Yeffry (and there are many) is how he sees people, how he loves them. Those kids were doing wrong. They deserved a punishment, but Yeffry looked at them as if they were his kids. He wouldn’t want someone hitting them. “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” That verse came to my head. The kids were guilty. But Yeffry’s response was love. grace. He wasn’t saying the kids were innocent; he was saying, “These kids are loved by someone.”
His perspective, the way he treats people, and the way he lives his life are all a reminder to me of Jesus’ love. Jesus’ undeserved love.