“They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.” John 8:6 (NIV)
Sometimes God’s justice is swift and severe, other times His justice is firm, yet gentle. However it is delivered, it is necessary for each and every one of us. There is no better illustration of this than the story of the woman caught in adultery.
These self-righteous Pharisees sought to exact justice against a woman caught in the act of adultery. Their true motive wasn’t justice against the woman, they wanted to put Jesus in a place where He would have to endorse sexual sin or break the law of Moses. The standard of proof for a sin such as this was so high that catching this woman in adultery had to have been a set-up by the Pharisees in the first place. Who was it that needed justice? The Pharisees were seeking justice against the sin of the women and Jesus called for justice against them.
Just because you think you’re right doesn’t make you right. Just because you are working for justice doesn’t mean you don’t need justice yourself. I need justice and you need justice. Those who abuse need justice and those who betray need justice. Because of our sinful nature, justice is for all.
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