But Jesus Bent Down
In my quiet time this weekend I reread a familiar story in John 8. You've probably heard it a hundred times. This time it revealed a different lesson. Don't you love when Scripture surprises you like that?
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?""No one, sir," she said."Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." John 8:1-11 NIV
Picture this scene with me. It's dawn. Early! Crowds are pushing their way in because they've heard this Jesus is in town.
Meanwhile some pot-stirrers are at work. Pot-stirrers? You know, the people around who are always trying to stir up trouble by stirring the pot.
Ripping this woman from her bed (before dawn) these pot-stirrers do what they do best, create chaos.
Do you have those people in your life? Hurry, hurry, hurry! Something must be done! The enemy loves to disrupt our lives too, especially our time when Jesus is teaching!
HERE is the new lesson I'd never grasped from this story:
"But Jesus bent down"
They came rushing. He took total control of the moment.
Jesus didn't let THEIR emergency rattle Him.
Their mad dash came to a screeching halt when Jesus stopped and stooped.
Can you imagine how stinkin' frustrated the Pharisees must have been? They had gone to so much trouble to trap this girl in hopes of trapping Jesus.
He's teaching. Suddenly a 'teachable moment' appears. Bullies trying to not only ruin this woman, but steal the peace that always radiates from Jesus.
He bent down. With that movement alone, He commanded control.
When the world screams in an effort to steal my peace, I'm going to bend down and pray. Jesus knows how to take control.