Jesus Writes in the Dirt
“They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’” (John 8:6-7, NASB)
I’m always drawn to this passage, “But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.” Suddenly, my mind is filled with questions. I wonder, “What was He writing? I know he must have had a specific reason, since Jesus was very obedient and purposeful in His actions. Who was he writing to? Did he erase it and cover it with dirt after he finished talking to the crowd, or leave it as a written testimony of his actions? Did people come by later to read His writing and experience a divine revelation?
I’m eager to talk with Jesus about this when I see Him. Since I’m in a confessional mood, I’ll admit that I have always been a big proponent of writing in the dirt. I’ve written in the dirt often in my life. In 2009, Karen and I went on a business trip to Los Angeles. Before we came home, we had an opportunity to spend a week in Santa Barbara in a quaint little cottage a block off the beach. One day, as we walked on the beach, my sweetheart stopped to draw and write in the dirt. She drew a big heart with an arrow through it. She wrote “Karen and Gary” below the heart and the date, “September 09.” We took pictures. It is one of my favorite pictures of the trip and I smile every time I look at it. It gives me comfort to imagine Jesus wrote, “Children, I love you and will never leave you or forsake you. Call me anytime. I can’t wait to see you in heaven. Love always, Jesus.” Child of God, that is a message and a picture worth keeping!
Father, thank you for the beauty, wonder and mystery of your Word. Thank you that in time, all the mysteries in your Word will be revealed. Jesus, I pray that you will use the Holy Spirit to write your Word on the pages of my heart. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.