Mercy does the most surprising thing; it bears the judgment of the criminal and sets the guilty free.
Mercy sees her face down in the dirt. She is weak, embarrassed and vulnerable. Mercy doesn’t squint or squirm at the sight of failure. Mercy’s memory doesn’t count the countless times falling in the same way, embracing the same wretched lie. Guilt, the great foe, rushes in like a wrecking ball shouting condemning words like worthless, loser and lame shame. She is caught in sin, a setup with hell’s fury attached. Dragged before the judge, the accusation is real, the evidence is damming. The judge then bends down low and begins to write in the sand, “Mercy”. The crowd tilts their heads to read what is written, they roar in protest. The judge stands and quiets the crowd, and says “He who is without sin cast the first stone”. These words pierce through the fear, shame and guilt. The rocks drop and feet shuffle away. HIS touch raises her chin to meet HIS gaze. She is aware of her failure and past so much so that she can barely look at Him. “Neither do I condemn you go and sin no more”. These purging words heal her broken soul. He helps the women to her feet, Mercy’s arms are wide open. She then realizes that Mercy’s posture was not one of tense anger or scowl, but gentleness and kindness exuded from Him. “You are new” He whispers, and then He is gone from her sight. Tears of joy begin to roll down her face; she is free.
Mercy risks it all to show the costliness of grace. Ephesians 5:26-27 ” to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.”