“Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery”
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and asked Jesus whether He thought she should be stoned to death as Moses had commanded in the Law.
Jesus knew that no one cared whether the woman lived or died – she was merely a pawn in their efforts to trap Him. Her life was very much in His hands as she stood there in shame and fear, and very alone.
Once again His response stunned and silenced His critics. He did not speak to the woman but addressed her accusers instead. As they pressed Him for an answer He replied,
“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)
Silently they crept away, not daring to claim that they were sinless. Finally, left to Himself with the woman, He addressed her.
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:10-11)
Having received abuse, condemnation and demands for her death from the religious leaders she received gentleness, forgiveness and life from the Lord Himself– if she would have it.
Perhaps one day she would realise that He had given her life back to her because He had taken her sin, guilt and death into Himself – and would die in her place. He has done the same for each one of us – so we should think twice before we throw accusatory stones at others. God is listening and watching. Indeed He said to us all,
“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41)
Listen to the way you talk and think about others – and learn.
Father thank You for forgiving me – help me not to be judgmental of others. Amen.