Then each went to his own home. 8 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her. ”8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 7:53-8:11
1) What do I find out about God and my relationship with Him?
What do I find out about God? I discover God isn’t my condemner or accuser. Instead, He gives life, forgiveness and a future. People condemn; Jesus forgives. He gives us permission to live into a new future. Following Christ isn’t about living just any sort of way, it’s about living in a pursued righteousness. It’s intentional.
Think about it. Jesus may be the only person in the crowd who doesn’t condemn you. Instead, He calls you to live a life pursuing Him. He’s not focused on your past; He’s more concerned about your future. Isn’t that a lesson we can all learn.
2) What do I find out about others and my relationship with them?
People can be harsh, judgmental and condemning. Using this attitude or demonstration is born out of self-righteousness and the erroneous grading of sin. Sin is sin; disobedience is disobedience. Why is it we determine one sin to be worse than another? It’s all rebellion. Sometimes I need to be reminded of this truth.
I also find it interesting that it is the older ones who walk away first. When Jesus stated the one without sin should cast the first stone, people started to think. Why did the “older” walk away first? Could it be a sense of maturity? Could it be a reflection of longer lives and more time to sin? I think it was a reflective moment when people began to remember their less than perfect lives. No one is perfect. Only Jesus is perfect.
Why are we so quick to judge and condemn each other? Maybe I should stop and think more about how I perceive people and their actions?
3) How am I to be and do?
I need to be more concerned about the personal pursuit of righteousness than the faults or shortcomings of others.
What did you learn?