Can you remember a time you got caught doing something you knew you shouldn’t have been doing? You might have to go all the way back to grade school when you got caught stealing that special shiny whatchamacallit the other girl had, or ditching class in highschool. Maybe you lied about others, or maybe you lied about yourself. You might only need to go a few hours back. Your mind might recall more serious offenses. It’s possible you’ve paid the price either publicly or deep within your soul.
Our #GirlBoss this week might not be exactly the type of #GirlBoss you’d expect us to pick.
Her story starts out by being caught in the act of adultery. Brought to the temple courts, and thrust before Jesus who was in the middle of teaching those that had gathered around him. Standing in the middle of the crowd, accused, all eyes on her, while they insisted Jesus sentence her to the Old Testament law of stoning.
Together, she and Jesus stood.
She guilty of breaking an Old Testament law.
Jesus being tested before all to see.
I imagine the accusers were quite smug with themselves.
The crowd curiously amused.
I’m pretty sure we’ve played all the roles.
We’ve been caught doing something we shouldn’t have.
We’ve played the accuser.
We’ve smugly stood awaiting a favorable verdict.
We have been guilty.
We’ve watched curiously amused.
We’ve been tested.
Without Jesus, she’s nothing. Caught red-handed, she’s going to be used as an example, she’s going to be stoned because that’s the law.
With Jesus, she’s a #GirlBoss.
Together they stood. Accused and tested.
I can’t help but see how the Old Testament and New Testament are drawn together here. How Jesus foreshadows what’s to come. The Old Testament law that was being tested was thou shalt not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14) written by the very finger of God (Exodus 31:18).
Jesus stoops down, writes something with his finger.
And stands up and says “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
He stoops down and writes something on the ground again.
Eventually, being convicted by their own conscience her accusers went out, one by one, beginning with the oldest.
Her story ends with Jesus saying to her “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She replied “No one, Lord” And Jesus said to her, “neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more”
I hope that whenever you stand accused you have Jesus standing with you. We have all sinned and fallen short but we can be a #GirlBoss when we stand together with Jesus.
Heavenly Father we confess that we are in need of a savior, that we have sinned and fallen short and ask for your forgiveness. Lord, write my name down in the Book of Life. I believe that you were crucified on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins, died and rose again and now stand by my side through all of my failures and shortcomings. I’m in need of your grace and mercy in my life, with YOU I am a Girl Boss!