November 16: The Restart Button

John 8:1-11 

Michael Tait and The Newsboys recently sang a wonderful Christian song called “Restart”. They sang, “I was lost, falling apart, but You came along, and You hit the restart.” It is about recharging, regrouping and starting over.

Have you ever hit the restart button? The information age started in the 1970’s with the introduction of the personal computer. Subsequent technology introduced the ability to transfer information freely and quickly. The computer includes a restart button. But we also may need to hit the restart button in our personal lives just like the woman we read about today in John 8.

Who can throw the first stone? “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone”  (John 8:5). Is death by stoning what they wanted for this woman?

Early one morning, Jesus sat down to teach on a mountain above Jerusalem. The religious leaders of the time led in a woman who had been caught in an act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” (John 8:4).

These teachers of the law kept badgering Jesus. They wanted to get Him to say something incriminating so they could bring charges against Him. So Jesus knelt down and wrote in the dirt with His finger. We don’t know what he wrote. Was it “Restart”? “Forgive”? Then Jesus stood up and spoke. “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” 

What a perspective Jesus offered with that statement! The humiliated woman was likely hoping for forgiveness. Jesus implied that her accusers were also sinners, along with everyone else. If you’re not a sinner – if you never make mistakes – then go ahead and throw the first stone. And sure enough, nobody did. One by one they dropped their stones and walked away.

Imagine the hope this gave the woman. Her only real hope was in Jesus Christ, the one who knelt down, wrote in the sand and showed her accusers the state of their own hearts. Jesus gave her hope for forgiveness. He offered Hope to be able to look ahead and sin no more. Only in Jesus could this woman find hope for a positive future and a restart.

By asking God for forgiveness, we can do the same thing. Hit the restart. Just like with her, our only real hope is in Jesus Christ.

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