THE DIFFERENCE JESUS MAKES
Well we are back on the road touring from town to town in Australia, telling people about the difference Jesus makes to life. But I can’t help thinking about some of the people I met on my recent trip to Tanzania with CBM.
Ordinary folks who live in poverty and yet make the most of their lives despite their circumstances. As you read this the little blind girl in the picture will have sight. Simply through the miracle of modern medicine, the dedication of doctors serving CBM and the prayers and giving of people who believe.
CBM have been around for over 100 years serving the poorest of the poor, people born with disability in poverty. This Christian organisation has brought healing to literally millions of people throughout the developing world. I love the difference Jesus makes to a tragic situation.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 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. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8 : 3-11
She had been dragged half naked from a bedroom..the men of her town determined to take her to a place and stone her to death. Her crime was one of adultery. There was no sign of the man she was with. She is alone and terrified, knowing the fate of her sin. They stood her before a teacher called Jesus, hoping to snare him as well as a false prophet. The law demands that such a sin is punishable by death!!! But what would this traveling story teller, miracle man say? Would his own words imprison him as well? This story is a phenomenon. As Jesus gazed with compassion at this terrified girl he quietly began to deal with the evil spirit of accusation in the crowd, writing words in the dusty ground. As his silence brought a young adulteress to repentance his humble actions brought deep conviction to the bitter legalistic men, hell bent on living by the letter of the law. He never once brought correction to the young woman.. he knew her heart. That’s the difference Jesus makes to your life and mine.
The gift of grace in a harsh world of condemning law.
Thank God for Jesus.
Pictured: Ali Mohomad with his wife Habiba and their baby daughter Nsura in a village south of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.