While reading John 8 this morning I came to the familiar passage of the woman caught in adultery. This time was different because when I read the second half of verse 6, the Lord began to speak to me.
“Jesus bent down and wrote with His finger on the ground.” John 8:6
There is SO much in this Chapter of John. As we are absorbed in the account of this woman’s story, it is easy to read right over some golden nuggets of Truth from God’s Word. Let’s take a look at what God showed me this morning.
Notice the posture of Jesus before this woman. The very Son of God chose to lower Himself down before the accused. He bent down. Jesus will meet us at the lowest point of our sin because it is there that we become aware of our greatest need; a Savior. He can’t stand to see us in positions where we don’t belong. He died so we could be seated with Him in Heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6) Sin keeps us from being by His side. He won’t let us stay there. His great passion for us caused Him to lower Himself one final time for us. His descent to the very depths of death, hell and the grave would be His last and ours too, if we will just trust Him. He longs for us to be by His side.
Now we see that as Jesus bent down, He began writing in the dirt. He wrote not with a stick or a stone, but with His finger. The very hand of God in human form was writing in the dirt. As I pondered this, my mind went immediately to another time that God wrote with His finger. It was when He gave the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. The same hand that gave us clear instruction on how we should live, was once again writing. Except this time He was writing in the dirt. Sin is like dirt, it belongs under our feet. I wonder if Jesus, by writing in the dirt, was trying to make the adulteress woman see this?
I also wonder what He wrote in the dirt. Could He have written the same thing His Father had written in Exodus 20:14, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”? Could Jesus have written it as a gentle reminder? Could He have been saying, “Daughter just remember the guidelines. If you will follow them you won’t get hurt. But since you can’t keep The Law, the Father has sent Me to keep it for you. Go, go my daughter, and live the life I am going to die to give you. Trust Me, you will see what I have come to do. You don’t have to live like this. I do not condemn you, I love you.”
Let’s not miss another nugget in our story. When the crowd accused this woman, Jesus stood up and confronted them. He stood up for us on Calvary. The Son of God was lifted up, drawing all men to Him. (John 12:32)
He was raised up to show man and to show Satan, the accuser of us all, that enough was enough. No more shame, no more condemnation. Enough with the lies, enough with living bent over, enough with the less than life. “It is finished” He said. And He has the scars to prove it.
Returning to the condemned, He bent down again and He wrote in the dirt a second time. He was showing this woman, I will do it again and again if I have to. You are worth it to Me. Just as My Father wrote The Ten Commandments twice, I will remind you twice.
Jesus didn’t let the crowds decide her fate either. He would face those same crowds later. Our sin is between us and our Savior. Just as the adulteress stood before Jesus that day, we too will stand before Him. He is Jesus the Judge and on that day the postures will be reversed. We will be the ones bowing before Him. On that day, we have a choice. We can bow because we are His children. Or we will bow because we have to. All will bow the knee before Him, the reason for our posture is up to us.
Jesus bent down because He will do anything to save us. He will stand between us and our enemy because He loves us. He rose again because He wants to be with us forever.
If you don’t know Him as Savior, will you bow your knee now and ask Him to come into your life and free you from your sin? In a moment, at the name of Jesus, He will lift you out of the dirt and it will be under your feet.
If you know Him, bow your knee now and thank Him. Thank Him for bending down, standing up, bending down again and rising for the final time. It is finished. Go and sin no more.