Second Chance

Dave Jones

"Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”  John 8:11

Scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus hoping they could discredit Him.  However, Jesus frustrated their attempt by challenging her accusers to throw the first stone if one among them could be found without sin.  After the Pharisees departed, Jesus looked at the woman lying at His feet.  This was the first time she had appeared before Jesus, but there was no doubt He was a man of God.  How exposed and embarrassed she must have felt.  Lying at the Savior’s feet, the woman probably thought her fate was sealed.  The punishment for adultery was stoning, yet suddenly and unpredictably, Jesus did not condemn the woman and instead offered her a second chance. 

This story of the adulteress woman doesn’t tell us that God is soft on sin; one day, soon, Jesus would die for the sin of others.  The overarching theme of the story is forgiveness and God’s demonstration of His love and mercy.  The principle is clear – grace would abound.

Each of us wants to know that there is hope for a second chance when we fail to reach a goal, fall short of what we’ve been instructed to do, or yield to sin.  Second chances are particularly important when sin is involved and feelings of guilt build up.  How many of us have not longed for God’s cleansing touch when convicted of wrongful actions?

Perhaps there is something in our life we wish we could erase.  Just the thought of it brings feelings of condemnation and sorrow.  Adultery was an act that the law declared punishable by stoning yet Jesus set the woman free.  He gave her a second chance and that is what He will give us.  If there is something we have done, we can know that when we confess it to God in prayer, repent and ask His forgiveness, He is faithful and just and will forgive us.  God will never bring the matter up again.

Moreover, even before we knew Christ, He knew us and loved us so much that He came to earth to give us a second chance at life:  “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Only almighty God can love us so much.  It is a gift He gives to all who come to Him.


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