And as they continued to ask Him (Jesus), He stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more He bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before Him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” John 8:7-11
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Saviour on a global scale, we have asked our readers to write comments on our daily devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch you daily through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Sir Godfrey Gregg
Patriarch and Presiding Prelate of The Mystical Order
Jesus was in the temple in Jerusalem teaching when suddenly the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman who had been caught in adultery.
With vigour, they denounced her crime and enquired as to what the Saviour thought they should do with the woman. The Scripture is clear about their motivation. These men were not looking for any interpretation of the law or even for justice. On the contrary, they were trying to trick Jesus and find some way of ruining His reputation and influence among the people.
The scribes and Pharisees thought they had Him.
1. If Jesus said, “Let her go,” they could accuse Him of disobeying the law.
2. If Jesus said, “Stone her,” He wouldn’t be the loving teacher people thought.
Instead of providing a direct and immediate answer, Jesus bent down, and with His finger, started to write in the dirt. After a while, He straightened up and said, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be first to throw a stone at her.”
The accusers confronted by their consciences, went away convicted and without the evidence against Jesus they had hoped to get.
Jesus was left with the woman standing before him.
Legally her life was forfeit, but our Lord Jesus gave her a different verdict than she expected. Although He could not approve the wrong she had done, He saw her repentant heart and refused to condemn her. Instead, He gave her instructions on how to mend her life.
Brothers and sisters, what attitude do you adopt when you see someone succumb to sin? Are you quick to judge and condemn? Or do you entrust sin and sinner to the Saviour? It is He alone who can read hearts. Of course, one thing is certain: because of Jesus’ sacrifice, the Holy Spirit can call transgressors to repentance and offer them forgiveness and peace.
This is why those who have been saved are able to hear Jesus say to them, as He once did to the adulterous woman: “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
LET US PRAYER: Lord God, we ask Your forgiveness for those times we have chosen not to forgive as we have been forgiven. We acknowledge having acted against Your will in word and deed. Thank You for sending Your beloved Son, Jesus, as our Redeemer and Rescuer. In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray. Amen.