Have you ever made a mistake? I mean a really really big mistake?
All of us have… and sometimes it seems like we couldn’t or shouldn’t be given another chance. In fact, oftentimes we think of God as the one who is going to punish us for our mistakes. Oftentimes we think of God as the one who will finally ‘make us pay’ for the wrong stuff we have done.
But, that is NOT the picture of God we get from the Bible. That is NOT the picture we get of God from the life and teaching and work of Jesus. Take for instance John’s Gospel (8:1-11). Jesus is facing an angry crowd getting ready to stone a guilty woman to death . She had made a mistake… a big one. But, instead of condemning her… he turns to the crowd and says: Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone (verse 7). Or, in other words, “who hasn’t made a big mistake… isn’t there room for a second chance?”
The crowd leaves without stoning her (aware of their own mistakes) and he says to her: “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
Or, in other words, “you have a second chance… do it right next time”.
God still says this today… to all of us. Let’s take that second chance and make things right.