Convicted or Converted

John 8:1-11 “Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

Text John 8:10-11 “Woman, where are those thine accusers?  . . . She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

Within the story of the woman taken in adultery, we have an eternal truth set forth: “All men will leave the presence of Jesus, the righteous judge, either convicted, or converted. The only thing that determines the difference between the two is the position one is willing to accept before Him! Jesus is in the temple teaching the people when the scribes and Pharisees bring the woman to be judged of the law, “Master . . . Moses in the law commanded us . . . what sayest thou?” They were willing to accept a position before Him as a student, but nothing more. When they used the word “Master” it means an instructor, doctor of the law, or teacher. To them, Jesus was just a mere man and after hearing His Word, they left His presence convicted of their sin, “being convicted . . . went out one by one” (vs.9). The woman was also convicted by His Word, but she was willing to accept a position before Him as a sinner. When she made reference to Jesus, she called Him, “Lord.” The word “Lord” means, supremacy, supreme in authority, controller, God or Lord. She looked beyond His humanity and accepted His divinity; His right to be her judge! To this response Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (vs.11). Paul tells us that “we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Rom. 14:10). In that day, will you stand convicted or converted?