April 17
‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged,’ Matthew 7:1,2a
Bible reading: John 8:1-11 (Go to the Bible passage)
We, who call ourselves Christian, are often so in a hurry to judge others. And sometimes, we even use quotes from the Bible for it, like modern teachers of the law.
Ever more, I become aware that there is only One, Who had the right to judge: Jesus! He was without sin, but He did not judge. Not because He was indecisive, no, He knew that the law of God is good.
When the adulterous woman was brought to Him, He did not say she should not be stoned. He submitted to the law of God: this woman was guilty and had to die. But who had the right to enforce the law? ‘Let anyone of you, who is without sin, be the first to throw a stone at her.’
Then they began to go away, one at a time, starting with those, who had had the most time on this earth to sin. Only Jesus was left, the only One, Who had the right to judge, because He was the only One, Who was without sin. But He, the righteous One, asked this sinful woman: ‘Has no one condemned you? Then neither do I condemn you.’
Jesus - Who lived perfectly on this earth, out of the merciful, holy communion with His Father - did not want to judge. He wanted to take the rightful punishment on Himself, He came to bear the guilt of all, who believe in Him. Who truly listens to the words of Jesus Christ, knows that sin cannot be disregarded: ‘…they know God’s righteous decree, that those who do such things deserve death’ (Romans 1:32a).
But whoever truly follows Jesus, also knows that the righteous judgement of God is fulfilled, that our guilt is taken away in mercy, when Jesus, Son of David, died on the cross for our sins.

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