Guilt from Heaven
by Jaymark Molo
The worldly meaning of guilt is a feeling of having done wrong or failed in an obligation. But what is guilt in the vocabulary of heaven? This question can be best explained in the story of a woman who has been caught adultery in the Bible.
In the days of this woman, all things seem well. Temporal ecstasy habit was continually cherished in her life. Her bad choices were still captivating her to be lead in euphoric habits. Not until she was caught on the act of sinning – adultery. The hypocrites made her stand before the group! All eyes were fixed on her, not as center of acclamation, but as a center of condemnation. Tears of disapproval starting to flow in her eyes; dust of hopelessness starting to cover her heart; feeling of blameworthiness begins to dominate in her mind. Probably thinking that this was the last day of her life. So the Pharisees continued, and used a trap question, in order to have a basis of accusing Him.
Contemplating on that scenario, the suitable response of Jesus should be, “Woman, you are a sinner and you deserved to die.” But surprisingly, He bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. That makes me wonder, what in the world Jesus was doing? So they insisted and kept asking Jesus for His response. I mean, that’s no surprise, because that writing on the ground was unfitting answer to them.
At last Jesus answered them, “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Jn. 8:7, TNIV) This answer is a complete negation to their accusation. Their self-robe of righteousness were torn down into pieces. Their hypocrital accusation becomes their greatest enemy. But unexpectedly, Jesus stooped down again and wrote on the ground. This time the leaders looked at what He was doing and saw traced before them their own secret sins. Yes! What were written on the ground are the secret sins are those people who want to stone this woman. And maybe, even the sins of those who are associated with sexual immorality with this woman are written too! That storyline legitimize why those who heard the reply of Jesus began to go away one at a time, beginning with the older ones, until they were all gone.
After that, Jesus straighten up and asked her: “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” The woman replied, “No one, sir,” But wait a minute, before we proceed on the story; haven’t you realized the possibility that Mary Magdalene knew that this Man knew not sin? If that is verifiable, He has the authority to stone this woman at His will. Therefore, maybe the guilt of that condemned woman remains discomfit in her heart. But when she heard the lovely words of Jesus, “then neither do I condemn you.” Her heart was melted in the goodness of the Lord! The deafening accusations were starting to fade in her ears!! I can imagine her weeping bitterly with joy, and casting herself at the feet of Jesus.
You see guilt can become a curse and a blessing at the same time. Handling her guilt own her own is a curse, but handing it over to God can be turned into a blessing!
To explain in a deeper manner, worldly guilt brings regret that leads to death, but godly guilt brings repentance that leads to life. Guilt from the world will draw you away from Christ, but guilt from heaven will draw you nearer to God. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He can still forgive your sins! “Though your sins are like scarlet; they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall like wool.” (Isa. 1:17, TNIV) But just in case that you cannot still forgive yourself, remember these two things: the act of Jesus’ writing on the ground and the act of nailing on His hands. Both can be remembered in His hands, because this object lesson tells me that my written sins can be easily blotted out like a blown in sand, but cannot be easily belittled because there will be always a hole mark on His hands. Why don’t you take His hand now, and receive the power to “go and sin no more”?