Daily Devotion

February 17, 2014

Again He Stooped Down

A woman lay on the ground, trying to cover herself, full of shame, her sin exposed to the world. John 8:1-11 tells her story. Caught in bed with a man she wasn’t married to, religious leaders dragged her into the street and threw her down at the feet of Jesus. The Pharisees said to Him, “The Law says, ‘Stone her.’ But what do You say?”

Jesus stooped down and began writing in the sand with His finger. When they asked again, He stood up and answered, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Then Jesus did something I’ve never noticed before. The Bible says, “And AGAIN He stooped down and wrote on the ground.” Maybe the reason He stooped down again and started touching the dirt was to send a message to that woman, who felt so dirty. It’s as if He was saying, “I don’t mind getting my hands dirty to rescue you. When you can’t get to Me, I’ll stoop down. I’ll touch dirty, messed-up, shameful, filthy lives with My nail-scarred hands. I’m not so high and holy that I can’t get My hands dirty for you.”

One by one, the accusers dropped their stones and walked away. The only one who could have judged her, because He was sinless, didn’t have any rocks in His pocket! I want to make sure you understand — God doesn’t have any rocks in His pocket with your name on them! It doesn’t matter where you‘ve been or what you’ve done; He loves you so much that He will stoop down again and again to rescue you. He isn’t afraid of the dirt in your life, and He will keep getting his hands dirty, until you give grace a chance!