Scandalous Love

Posted: March 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
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We are hardly scandalized anymore. Living in a culture where “anything goes” has desensitized us. We are almost never shocked. We rarely are surprised by anything we see or read about. We say, “Did you hear about . . .” and we try to look scandalized, as we drink our latte.

In John 8 there is a story about a woman caught in the act of adultery being brought to Jesus. It is really not about her in the story. It is really about Jesus. The religious leaders were trying to trap him, and they did put him in a dilemma. Old Testament law called for capital punishment. So horrific and grievous was the sin of adultery that God said it required death of the participants. We hardly blink over it. We watch it on our TV sets all the time, in HD and at Prime time. In the Bible, adultery is any sexual activity that occurs outside of the covenant bond of marriage between a man and a woman.

What is scandalous in this text is that in spite of the requirement of God’s law, Jesus forgives this woman. How could He forgive her? How could He show her compassion? As he writes with his finger in the dirt in this story, isn’t he the one who said, “Thou shallt not commit adultery?”
He could forgive her because He knew what He was going to do. He knew that He would give His own life in her place. Someone would indeed die for her sins, but not her. He would. On a cross. And on that cross, He would be made sin for her, that she might be made righteousness. That is the scandal of love.

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