John 8:3-11 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, “Let any one of you who is without sin 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.”
Throughout the bible we see powerful revelations of grace through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. God Almighty in His glorious wisdom continuously orchestrated life so a fallen world could freely receive the grace of Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite passages of scripture that demonstrates love, mercy and grace would be John 8:3-11. The scene picks up to a dramatic pitch as the Pharisees abruptly place before Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery. Isn’t it funny how the man caught in the act was MIA? Old testament scripture calls for the stoning of both participants (Leviticus 20:10). Anyway, that’s another lesson in and of itself.
The hearts of the Pharisees was anything but pure on the matter of administering the law. Their motive was to trap Jesus so they could accuse him of incorrect application of the law. An accusation where they were in full violation from all angles.
However, what Jesus did as they questioned him was beyond masterful, it was down right BRILLIANT!!! You ready for it? John 8:6 says Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. You just got to love this! Who would have thought of such a thing other than Jesus. Brilliant indeed!
As the questions from the Pharisees continued, the bible says Jesus straightened up and said to them, “If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground. I suppose we will know what Jesus was writing when we get to Heaven.
The bible says when they heard this, they began to go away one at a time, the older ones first until only Jesus and the woman were left. At that moment Jesus straightened up and asked the woman in John 8:1-11 “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.”
Wow! The power of grace is overwhelming! This woman caught in the act of adultery is shown grace. However, Jesus the son of God and her creator forgave what was condemnation by stoning death according to the law.
You see, Jesus took “them stones” and transformed them from stones of condemnation, to a pathway to God’s saving grace. Only Jesus could do that. Them stones forbid second chances, but Jesus is the Lord of second chances. Them stones were seeking a target marked for death, but Jesus’ blood resurrected that which was dead and now made alive in Christ.
What are the stones of your life that seek to blanket you with condemnation? Is it the lies of Satan that plague you none stop? Is it the pain of rejection? Is it adultery like the woman and MIA man of the scriptures? Whatever “them stones” are in your life, Jesus has the power to forgive and the grace to save. His finished work on the cross paid the price for condemnation so we may have rest in His grace forever and ever, amen.
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