Without Accusers

“Where are your accusers?”

This is the question Jesus asked the woman caught in adultery.  John 8 records this intense encounter.  Here is this woman, caught (trapped and framed probably) in a horrible sin, dragged through the town and paraded in front of everyone.  She stands there before Jesus Christ, this good teacher who has been stirring up the whole country with His teaching and His miracles. Her horror must have been supreme. Her shame must have been overwhelming.

In the face of this mob, Jesus made a simple statement. “Let him who has no sin cast the first stone.” One by one the rocks fall to the ground. Jesus asks her, when everyone has gone, “Where are your accusers?”

Where are your accusers?

Our families may have wounded us horribly in the past through careless words. Small proclamations made years ago still have a withering effect on our self-esteem. Our friends may have harmed us with jokes that were not funny. That little nugget of truth has gotten under our skin and rubbed a part of our soul raw. Others may have abused us, hurt us or destroyed our lives in too many ways to list.

Yet, if Jesus is in front of us, if Jesus becomes our Saviour, if we are children of the King of Glory, if we have asked for His forgiveness, if we are walking in faith in God, then the same question is relevant to us today.

“Where are your accusers?”

Mistakes pile up in our memories until we can visualise our own personal mountain of failure. Scars crisscross our hearts until everything feels like a tough reminder of yesterday’s pain. Words uttered years ago poison us with their venom still today.

“Where are your accusers?”

Here is the simple answer: “They have all gone.”

1 John 2:1 tells us something profoundly amazing. Let this break into our souls!

My little children, I’m writing these things to you so that you might not sin. Yet if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus, the Messiah, one who is righteous.

One day, and this is true now even if it is unseen, one day, we will stand before the Judge of All the Earth and there will be no accuser. There will only be the Advocate. When we stand there, our only defence will be that we are in Christ. Yet that will be enough.

Paul wrote these triumphant words:

“There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  – Romans 8:1

What is condemnation? It is the reality of and the fear of future punishment. If we are in Christ then there is no future punishment waiting for us to fear.

Where are your accusers?

They are gone, fled before the declaration of our righteousness through Jesus Christ.

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  1. The Accuser is often the Evil… But in Jesus Christ We have The Best Of Lawyer !
    I say that but I know that you know. But to remind as sometime we accuse ourself of thing that we had no power…but still blame ourself, and going down… This is a part of PTSD. Others can melt..but you Inside..it is self torture.. like with the “IF” word..if this if that.. at that point you have to take you right of a lawyer.. 😉 …but it is not easy as it look.
    Bless You Brother.
    Wil.

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