Today’s Scripture: This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. John 8:6-8

According to John 8:2, Jesus Christ was sitting in the temple when the Pharisees stormed into the temple and accused this woman of adultery. The Pharisees were certain that they had engineered the perfect situation to trap Jesus Christ. If Jesus advocated showing mercy to this woman, then the Pharisees would accuse Him of violating the Law of Moses. If Jesus recommended her death, then the Pharisees could claim that He was advocating rebellion against the Roman Empire, since the Roman Empire required Roman approval to perform an execution.

But Jesus Christ did something unique. He leaned over in His chair and wrote upon the ground, giving Himself the smallest stature of anyone present. Only after the Pharisees continued to pester Him did the Son of God speak a few words. Jesus Christ leaned over again and wrote. The Words of God convicted the heart of the Pharisees and the entire situation was defused.

Much time and attention is paid to trying to discern what Christ wrote upon the ground. But I would note that the fact that Jesus Christ was leaning over in His chair is significant. Why? Because no outside observer of this situation could honestly claim that Jesus Christ intimidated this Pharisaical Mob. No one could make the case that He stared down the Pharisees. No one could argue that Jesus Christ bullied His enemies into submission. The witnesses of this great event would know beyond all doubt that it was the Words of God that drove the Pharisees from the Temple and not the determined will of a mere ‘alpha male’.

What a powerful reminder that the Word of God is our power and strength! All too often, we, as Christians, rely upon our carefully researched arguments or our persuasive speech to convince others of their need for salvation or continued discipleship. Research and study has its place in giving the truth to others, but the power of conversion isn’t in our knowledge or ability. The power of the Gospel is in the Word of God. The Word of God can convict the heart and change the mind-nothing in and of ourselves can do that amazing deed.

Christian, don’t rely upon yourself to win others to Christ. Rely upon the power of the Gospel and the Word of God. It is the power of God unto salvation. Use that power to make the case for Christ, and you’ll see wondrous results that give God the glory and show everyone what He alone can do.

Devotional by Pastor C. J. Armstrong