MIHI Manna for Today
John 8:6 What’s written in the sand?
When I was a young child tablets and paper were not always available to express our thoughts and desires. But where I lived there was always an available writing resource, it was convenience and could be quickly erased either by the thunderstorms that came during the summer’s evening hours or by the swapping of the hand. It could be seen from a far distance or from those who stood close by. The written words were expressions or thoughts that gave clarity or simply to make a statement.
In our text today as Jesus returned from the Mount of Olives early in the morning there was crowd that gathered and he taught them. Among those who were in the crowd were some legal experts and Pharisees who brought a woman caught in adultery. Placing her in the center of the group, they said to Jesus “Teacher this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone a woman like this. What do you say? This was to test Jesus because of what he taught for they wanted to bring an accusation against him. Jesus bent down and wrote in the sand with his finger.
I believed that he wrote the word “Grace.” Grace is an extension of the word compassion or our response to be gracious or merciful in helping another person who is in need. I believe this woman was perhaps dragged through the streets for all to see her shame, her guilt and for without a moment’s notice she had become the spectacle of human ridicule. How many of us have found our sins on display to become a spectacle of human ridicule or found contempt in the eyes of others, in our moment of weakness and trouble which is now on display for all to see from a distance or from those who stand close by. For us it’s what’s written in the sand which becomes our second chance at life or a life giving force behind our change in a word I believe Jesus wrote in the sand. “Grace” It’s is God’s response through love as an expression written in the sand by his son Jesus the Christ. It is clear that Grace covers a multitude of sin “Whosoever hasn’t sinned should throw the first stone.” Our message for today is what is written in the sand to “SHOW GRACE.”