Inspirational, Reflection

By His Mercy We Walk Free

BY HIS MERCY WE WALK FREE

John 8:1-11

 By His Mercy We Walk Free 

Here is a story of great mercy and how merciful our God is.

Is it not odd to know that sinners whom found to be guilty yet they can walk free and enjoy a life in liberty?

Have we ever thought that it is bizarre to understand that a man convicted for an offense he admitted responsible of, be pardoned, be justified and live a life normally acceptable without any condemnation.

This story is about you. This is about us who benefited from His great grace and mercy.

This is about our God whose mercy is beyond the depth of the sea and far above the height of the sky we see.

 

From Adultery to a Deserve Mercy

In a courtroom drama, the accused was found guilty of a sin he committed.

From the seat of the judge, a verdict was imposed, and the pronouncement of death penalty was ruled to the guilty.

As per the law, a man found committed of a heinous crime deserves a death penalty. A fair verdict was issued because justice was served.

Mr. Justice is the judge who is responsible that punishment be served to the sin committed but here come Mr. Mercy who appeals and plea for his client to be pardoned and free.

This reflects the story on the encounter of Jesus and the adulterous woman.

This reflects the story on the encounter of Jesus and the adulterous woman.

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women.

In the law of Moses an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth was the principle  on punishing the offender and the law breaker.

I wonder how many people today are toothless and were stones to death because of adultery.

But on the time of Jesus, God has emphasized the importance of being considerate and He showed it to us by Jesus example.

He acted on it by giving His very own life to demonstrate what mercy is.

 

Justice and Mercy

Have you been accused of something you did not do?

Because if you had, then you shall be asking for justice.

If someone accused you of something you are guilty of, they maybe you are crying for mercy.

Maybe only few of us will cry for justice, but most of us surely pleads for mercy.

Justice is a friend of the innocence and mercy is a friend of the guilty.

Justice after all, is the dispensing of deserved punishment on our wrongdoing and mercy is the dispensing of pardon and compassion.

The two are incompatible and completely in opposition with each other yet they both work together for our salvation.

When you accused me of something I did not do, I need justice; but when I am accused and found guilty of offense that I did, I plea for mercy.

When the woman was caught on the very act of committing adultery, the woman was out rightly found guilty of sin that was punishable by death.

The people cry out for justice by the stoning the woman to death.

Yet Jesus, who was merciful, did not condemn the woman but rather show His mercy to the people who wanted to impose the consequence of her sin.

All of us sinned before God as In Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

And since we have all sinned, the wages of sin is death and eternal separation with God.

All of us deserve that kind of punishment and to demonstrate the justice of God.

Punishment is for those who sins against the Lord.

When the people of Nineveh committed sin to the Lord, the wrath of God is upon them. Justice was about to be serve in forty days.

Yet the mercy of God was demonstrated when the people of Nineveh repented from their sins and the punishment was reverted.

The people were given a chance to start a new life and amend their ways, a chance to live free from their slavery to sins that anger God.

 

His Mercy and Grace

Mercy is deliverance from judgment while grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.

As a result of our sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23) and eternal judgment in the lake of fire (Rev 20:12-15).

With that, we live our life daily in the Mercy of God. If God will give us what we deserve, we would all be destined for eternal condemnation.

King David cries out  in Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love, according to your great compassion blot out my transgression. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from all my sins”

When Christ died for us on the cross, He showed us His unfailing mercy and love, with His compassion, he blot all our transgression and cleanse us from all our sins.

When we accept Christ as our Savior, we receive mercy from God and we are delivered from judgment. Instead of judgment we receive grace of salvation and the forgiveness of our sins and eternity in heaven with Him.

 

By His Mercy We Walk Free

When we go to heaven, we don’t ask for justice because all of us are guilty of sins. We come and knock to the door of heaven asking for mercy.

When all the people who were about to impose the judgment to the woman, one by one left the center of the court.

Jesus never say any words of judgment or condemnation but the word that came out from Him “ Did no one condemn you?” I do not condemn you either. Go. From now on, sin no more.”(John 8:10-11)

By his love and mercy, he brought our sin on the cross that we might live free.

He became the sacrificial lamb, He became our replacement.

He paid it by His life so that we may have life.

He paid the price in full and redeemed us so that by his death, we receive the prize of eternity .

So that by His sacrifice, we may enjoy the prize of living in liberty.

By His act of redemption, we may enjoy the prize of salvation.

Jesus never condemned anyone of us for our wrongdoing. Because he wanted us to start a new chapter of our life being free.

Free from the slavery of sins.

Free from the guilt of sins.

Free from the anxiety of life.

There is no freedom such as undeserved freedom…

That is why we have to GO and SIN NO MORE….

 

GIVE WHAT YOU RECEIVED

In Mt 18:21-35 is a parable story of a king who gave mercy to his slave who cannot repay him. The King decided to sell the family of the slave so that he could take back his money.

But the slave fell to the ground and asks for mercy. The Master re-consider his plea and have compassion on him. All of his debts were forgiven.

Enjoying the grace he received from the Master, one day he found his fellow slave who owed him but his fellow slave kneel before him and asked his patience.

But instead, he was unwilling and threw him into prison.

When the Master of the slaves knew what had happened, he was furious and tell the slave “Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way I had mercy on you?”

And the Master handed him over for tortures until the slaves repay all that he owed to him.

We have to be merciful like the Father.

We have to give to other what we received.

We have to pardon the way we are pardoned.

To forgive as how we are forgiven.

 

WALKING IN LIBERTY

When we receive a word that we escape even when we are guilty, when we realize that we are forgiven for all the stupid things we did in the past…we know no one can touch us.

N0 one can condemn us.

And when we know that God pardoned us for all the stupid and wicked things we did in the past, who can stop us from dancing.

Who can stop us from celebrating the new opportunity we have.

When the prodigal son returned, the father asked his men to prepare for a feast and celebrate.

Truly that the mercy of the Lord endures forever!!

 

Treasure every moment that we live in liberty,

Mikesendon

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