Got late night cravings? Try the bread of life to satisfy that empty gut of yours. (Read John 6:35-59 and you’ll understand my reference) Tonight, I was craving Oreos, so I opened my Bible instead. My sabbath landed me in John 8. I read the story of Jesus forgiving the adulterous woman. God revealed this is more than a story of forgiveness. I could tell He was trying to say something, but I needed to put the puzzle pieces together. That story sent me all over the Bible, first to the first chapter of John and then all the way to Genesis and back again. I’d like to take you on my journey and share the truth I found.
Story Background: John 8:1-11
Jesus encounters the adulterous woman and instead of letting the Pharisees stone her, He convicted them of their hypocrisy and did not condemn the woman, but showed her mercy. He says, “go and sin no more” (John 8:11 NKJV).
This is the interpretation only on the surface. Let’s dive deeper.
A Closer Look at John 8
After this story, Jesus goes on to declare He is the light of the world (8:12). Why does Jesus go from forgiving a woman of her sin to talking about him as the light? He just gave her life, just as John said Jesus would in Chapter 1. Go back and read John 1:1-13. Here’s a portion:
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
Jesus the true Light gives light to man. Who else creates light? God! I then moved to Genesis to look at the original creator of light and life.
The Original Light
3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
Genesis 1:3-4 NKJV
God is full of light, life and goodness. That’s why He created light and life and called it good. Because He is good. His goodness is set in us as His children like DNA. He created us in His image (Genesis 1:26).
Now let’s go back to John 1. As Jesus points out in verse 8, like John the Baptist, we are not the light.We reflect His light only if we let Him shine on us. Although it exposes our sins, we gain awareness of our sins and don’t walk blindly anymore. We know how to avoid our sin. Most importantly, that Light shows us the path to righteousness, to less sin and darkness and more light. We reflect His light as we walk away from darkness and to Him, to the light. As that light increase, we grow closer to the source: our Heavenly Father.
In shining His light, Jesus recognizes we are not all bad. He convicts us , but does not condemn us to death, the way Jesus saved the adulterous woman. We are not condemned because Jesus died for our sins. He defeated death and won us eternal life. He saves us from death from sin. He does not allow the darkness of sin to extinguish the light of the goodness of God in us.
If you feel inadequate or worthless or ashamed, know you are made good through the light of God and the blood of Jesus. You just have to walk toward Him. He’s waiting with open arms. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, you are washed clean. You are forgiven. You have a chance at a better life.