I can recall the many times I pointed my fingers at my brothers and sister, and even at the nearest person in my sight as a child. As always, my father would correct me and said it was rude to point fingers and in reality you have more pointing back at yourself.
There was a woman caught in the act of adultery in the city and brought by her accusers before Jesus. (John 8) As you can imagine they were saying and calling her everything but a Woman of God. What's so powerful is Jesus was in the midst of the slander, the shame, and the scandal. It may have very well been true that she was guilty of what her accusers were claiming, but Jesus was in the midst and He was going to literally put a mark in history. All while she was humiliated in front of everyone she never said a word, just as Jesus never said a mumbling word on the cross until "It was finished".
First we must understand that Jesus was in the middle of teaching in the temple and was interrupted by scribes and Pharisees telling him about this woman whom they never gave a name. I wonder how Jesus felt being interrupted from His teaching to address this issue that people had with someone who did no wrong to them directly. I wonder how He felt when the middle of His sentence was cut off by someone yelling for this woman to be stoned! I wonder how He felt when the condemnation and cold conversation was being said in His midst.
Being a teacher myself in my classroom I absolutely do not like being interrupted by issues of any magnitude unless it directly affects me and the ones I am teaching. So, I can only imagine how He must have felt. Most importantly, how did the woman feel in the midst of this situation? Can you imagine the hurt and humiliation? Can you imagine the shame? Here she was brought before God and people UNCOVERED and EXPOSED. The people of the city were pointing fingers and condemning her for what she HAD done, what she WAS doing. (Pay attention the tense because it was now her past in the presence of The King.)
Imagine it being YOU. You are living your life to the best of God's standards and yes you have made mistakes, and yes your passed is not without blemish, and the mess you were caught in needed more than a miracle to get you out of...all of that may very well be true, BUT just as this woman was ridiculed for what she WAS in, we see Jesus not only got down low (stooped) in a humbling position, we see also..."Then Jesus stood..."
Jesus heard the accusers and at the words of them saying she should be stoned, he stooped down and began writing in the ground with HIS finger as though He did not hear. They continued asking Him what He was going to do thinking He did not hear. As he stood, He then made a statement in which no one answered, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." (Basically, I dare you because I know all things about you and "such were some of you").
He stoops back down and begins to write on the ground again. Now, I am unsure of what He wrote on the ground those two times, but I would think it had something to do with GRACE and FORGIVENESS. The fact that He was using His fingers and His hands to write in the sand lets you know that He has you covered in His hands. His response to this woman was in His hands...GRACE...His response was in Him standing in the midst of her accusers. His response was Him standing in the midst of the shame. His response was standing with her in the midst of the hurt. His response was standing in the midst of the humiliation. His response was offering GRACE with from His hands. He later proved that GRACE in His hands when His own accusers on the cross put nails in His hands. His response was stooping down low in humility in the midst of her most horrifying circumstance!
Listen, people will point fingers of condemnation and expose you leaving you uncovered to be stoned for your sin. Your only thing is to do is to stand there in it, because you're not standing alone. "Then Jesus stood..." Understand that Jesus will not only stoop down low for you, but will STAND up for you, He will STAND in the midst of it all with you! He is there to COVER you with GRACE with His hand! Yes, they know what you did, what you used to do, and will call you everything but the name you were born with. They will always see your sin, but in the presence of God, He sees salvation...He sees your deliverance. He sees GRACE COVERING you and NOT condemnation uncovering you. People will leave you naked and shamed, but God will cover you and JUSTIFY you, "just as you never done it" (quote courtesy of Apostle Alvernis Johnson). Did you know that when God made his statement the accusers left one by one from the oldest to the youngest convicted by their conscience? Ha! The very words of JESUS will scatter your enemies! The very words of JESUS will silence your accusers.
So if you are faced with your PAST because the Pharisees of your "city" are bringing it up, let it be known that JESUS STOOD and JESUS STANDS! For some, get ready for the silence in this season, and it's not coming from God, it's coming from the ones who are yelling at God and at you for the sin they wish to condemn you about! When God SPEAKS and when GOD STANDS, your enemies will leave and hush!!! He has got you covered! He is right there with you! He is there just as He was on the cross for you!!! GRACE opens arms with outstretched hands instead of condemning closed hands and pointed fingers. GRACE COVERS!