Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Overlooker of Sin?

"Neither do I condemn you," said Jesus, "God, and from now on do not sin anymore."
So, does the passage above mean that Jesus does not care about sin? Absolutely not, the only means for forgiveness of sins is repentence and faith. It seems that Jesus' condition for this woman was one of repentance, for the term itself means to turn away from your sins. Jesus' command to this woman caught in sin was to repent, for she had already shown dependence upon him for her salvation.
This is a beautiful picture of salvation as the Bible describes it. First, a person must wholly lean on Jesus for he alone is the giver of salvation. In this instance, only Jesus persuaded these men from killing this woman, she had no resolve but him, and Jesus proved to be the Savior that we know him to be. Further, the command of Christ to go and sin no more is the command to repent. We see all the elements of salvation wrapped up in this encounter. Jesus did not condone her sin or allow her sin, he forgave her sins and commanded her to avoid sinning in the future.
Jesus also forgives our sins, our salvation is dependant completely upon him. He alone can save, and his salvation means trusting in him completely and turning from our sins. Jesus does not overlook our sins, he atoned for them on the cross and commands us to turn from them. Salvation, is of the Lord!

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