STEPPING DOWN... STOOPING DOWN... AND DYING TO OURSELVES!
“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.” John 8:6
AT HIS TABLE:
In John chapter eight we read of the story of a woman that was caught in the act of adultery and brought before Jesus to see what he would do about her act of sin, because it was that in that time, that any woman caught in the sin of Adultery would be stoned to death, so the supposed “righteous” or “great law keepers” could issue punishment by stoning to any who they determined to be the breakers of the law! In many ways some will try to do the same today.
This is a critical time, because we as a people by simply stooping down with Jesus move from the “STONE AGE” unto the age of grace! Jesus led us out of the issuance of death by law into a greater life, of grace. He did this continuously, first by stepping down from heaven to become the propitiation for our sins, and here again by stooping down to write with his finger on the ground.
STEPPING DOWN… STOOPING DOWN… AND DYING TO OURSELVES…
In today’s world we often hear the chants of many saying,
“We must rise up to be heard!”
However, we repeatedly see Jesus doing just the opposite and when he does, all the world hears it loud and clear!
When Jesus “stooped down” those so called “righteous” or “great law keepers” were captivated by his response, as we read,
“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.” John 8:7-9
Likewise, we must stoop down as Jesus has done here, because when we humble ourselves our rising words become much louder than ever before!
To save this woman, Jesus lowered himself, and then he rose and spoke.
To save us and the multitudes of souls around us, Jesus came down from heaven, he lowered himself down from where he was, and reached out his saving hand to pull us up to be with him!
Today we have the opportunity to stoop down, and lend a hand or a word that might lift another up from where they have been cast, but first we must die to ourselves, or let go of our selfish ways, and be willing to consider the life of another, so that they might live.