Surveying the brokenness (Part 2)

Yesterday, I wrote about what it must have been like for Jesus to spend 30-plus years walking surveying a broken creation.

But there was more to it than that. Imagine Jesus going around seeing through people. Not in a Superman kind of way. With a little more perceptiveness, and a little less x-ray vision.


As Jesus walks around first-century Israel, he knows peoples’ thoughts. He reads their fears. And He knows their secrets. You know, the ones you think nobody else knows about except you and God…oops, yeah, I guess that makes sense.

You think Jesus wept over the death of His friend? Imagine the grief as He doesn’t just observe your words and actions…Jesus observes your thoughts?!

There is a great story that happens when a woman is caught in adultery, and the people are ready to stone her under their law. (By the way, where was the guy? It takes two to tango…)

Jesus says, “Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.” Then he stoops down and writes in the dirt.

I like to imagine there’s a point in this back-and-forth where everybody there can feel Jesus searching their soul and memories (first century browser history). Whatever happens, it led to a lot of squirming.

First the old guys leave; they are wise enough to know. Eventually the young zealots slump away, too.

Now, it’s just Jesus and the woman. “Nobody condemned you, huh? Then neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

Jesus saved a life that day, but He also changed a path. But it wasn’t because He excused sin; it was because He was merciful.

From beginning to end in His ministry, Jesus preached repentance. He called out sin and lambasted hypocrites. And then He went to the cross, shed His blood, and died as payment for sin.

Sin breaks our lives and leads to death, and Jesus knows it. It’s a problem. And He’s the solution.

(Lent 21/40)

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