But the interesting thing is that Jesus - in a deeply profound way - removes all of these voices from around this woman, before addressing her directly. Perhaps she expected another label to be heaped upon her - "rejected", "condemned", "mistake"...
But instead Jesus says He does NOT condemn her. She is "forgiven", "free", "released", "challenged", "called".
I gave each student a blank name tag at the beginning of the night. During our closing prayer time I asked them to, when they felt God speaking to them, write down the "label" they thought God would place on them. After the prayer, I asked any who would like to share to explain what their label said and why they felt like that's how God saw them. It was super-emotional and we had some awesome discussion to end the night.
You can buy blank name-tags at any office supply store or download a template for mailing labels online.
Let me know if you try this exercise and how it goes for you!
- Tim B.