How was the just requirement of the law fulfilled? Take, for example, the woman caught in adultery. John 8:1-11 The law demanded that she be stoned, but Jesus exposed the would-be stoners as morally unqualified to carry out the sentence.
What then? That’s the end of the matter? The sentence goes away for want of an executioner? No. The law has been broken, marriage assaulted, consciences dulled, a community undermined. The law demands a death. Jesus did not save the woman from her guilt by turning the tables and disclosing the guilt of her accusers.
He saved her by dying her death. The law required a death. He met the requirement. That’s why – as if drawing in advance on the death he was soon to offer at the cross – he could say to her already: “Neither do I condemn you.”
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The just requirement of the law has been fulfilled.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, lift our heads, lighten our steps, let us revel in the wonder that justice has been done and yet our forgiveness is complete. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.