June 22, 2016

John 8:1-11

This scene opens with Jesus undoubtedly praying early in the morning at the Mt. of Olives, after which he went into the Temple to teach the people. Bursting into this peaceful setting came the Scribes and Pharisees with a woman taken in the act of adultery. It would appear they were out for blood, wanting to stone this woman according to the law of God taught by Moses. They were once again attempting to test our Lord. We know this story well, for many sermons have been preached on this subject. The key to me, concerning the accusers is found in the comment Jesus made in 8:7. “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” As the crowd dispersed one by one, we see the amazing grace of God in action. Not only does Jesus cause the crowd to leave, but compassionately tells the woman that he does not condemn her. Note also, he tells her to go and sin no more. I wonder what our reaction would be in a case such as this? Are we quick to pass judgment, even on a fellow believer who stumbles and falls? “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1 NKJV).