sábado, 6 de novembro de 2010

Jesus, supreme love

Go, and from now on sin no more!

Jesus stood up and said to her, Woman, where are those your accusers? Has no one condemned you? She said, No one, Lord! And Jesus said: Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more (John 8:10-11).

Jesus is the supreme expression of God's love for mankind (I John 4:8-9). Jesus came not to condemn the World but to save its inhabitants of the eternal death, offering those who believe in Him an abundant life on earth, without guilt, and the way to eternal life filled with happiness, joy and peace.

The legalistic hypocrites, who seem perfects but they aren’t, because they don't show the love in their attitudes, they wanted to test whether Jesus was really good as well as He was preaching, placing him in a tricky situation: if He had condemned the woman, He would not show love. If He had absolved her, He would be disregarding the law and therefore could be sentenced to die too. Jesus wisely escaped the trap (John 8:7-9).

Until now, such as before, this conviction exists: Take the case of Iranian Sakineh, 43, mother of two, condemned to death by stoning in 2006 for allegedly having had sex with two men after the death of her husband. The World is moved by her situation.

God is love! We found only in Christ the mercy which is lacking in us. However, the love and the God's forgiveness don't frees us to suffer the consequences of our sin. If we transgress the law, we are subject to penalties. Likewise, if we don't repent and remain in the transgressions of the God's commandments, we are subject to condemnation and eternal death. That's why Jesus said to that woman, with great expression of love, but also with an important recommendation of life change: "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more!" How is your life in God?