Courage has always been celebrated. But there's a lot of confusion concerning what we consider courageous in our warped society. But guess what…our society has been warped for eons. According to Ecclesiastes 1:9, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Want proof?
What is happening now, is the same thing that happened over 2000 years ago. You can read all about it in the 8th chapter of John. One woman made some pretty bad choices and found herself in the courtyard of a temple, about to be killed. People were gathered around with rocks, ready to hurl them at her until she lay lifeless.
At the time, this was perfectly legal. The law stated that any woman caught in adultery should be stoned to death. But Jesus came to bring another take on the situation. It wasn’t that He was going against the law. Adultery is wrong. It’s a sin. Jesus said, “I did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.” Sin is wrong and should be punished. But Jesus, out of love, compassion, and obedience to His father, stepped in to take the punishment for her. He may not have taken the pelting of stones that day, but He would take the lashes for it later.
He showed by example how to bring unity among people, even if the only unity that day occurred between Him and a prostitute. He showed us how.
People were gathered. They were probably tearing her apart with ridicule and shame. Hurtful words were spewed out. That disgusted look in their eyes, and heavy rocks in their hands.
But Jesus stopped them—not with a battle of wits, or harsh words, or public condemnation. He stopped them by revealing Truth.