John 8:10-11 " When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."
Every year, it seems the Holy Spirit gives our church somewhat of a theme song. Last year it was Good, Good Father, sung by Chris Tomlin. This year, Call it Grace by Unspoken.
Let's look at the lyrics...
It's the light that pierces through you
To the darkest hidden place
It knows your deepest secrets
But it never looks away
It's the gentle hand that pulls you
From the judgment of the crowd
When you stand before them guilty
And you got no way out
Some may call it foolish and impossible
But for every heart it rescues, it's a miracle
It's nothing less than scandalous
This love that took our place
Just call it what it is, call it grace
Call it grace
It's the breath that's breathing new life
Into what we thought was dead
It's the favor that takes orphans
Placing crowns upon their heads
It's the hope for our tomorrows
The rock on which we stand
It's a strong and mighty fortress
Even Hell can't stand against
Amazing, unshaken, this is grace, this is grace
Unchanging, unfailing, this is grace, this is grace
The word scandal means - loss or damage to reputation caused by violation of morality. It also means disgrace, or in other words anti-grace. In John 8:10-11 Jesus gives the cure for scandal, missteps and mistakes.
For the woman caught in adultery, first He gives her the gift of "no condemnation", which then empowers her to "go and sin no more". That same grace is available to you today, no matter what you've done. Here's what you need to do...receive the gift of "no condemnation", and go and sin no more. It's that simple. It's scandalous grace.