53 Then the meeting broke up, and everybody went home. 1 Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. 4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” 6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. 7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. 9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” 11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Christ’s wisdom and humility are demonstrated in this passage when He is tested by the scribes and Pharisees. Would His loving and compassionate reputation be tarnished, or will He turn His back on the Mosaic law? It seems like they have Him, but incredibly, yet again, Jesus flips the position to His favour. It is such a bold and incredible turn of events, in which Jesus leads everyone to realise their own sin!
As I read about the scribes and Pharisees walking away, I can’t help but think of how I am condemned by my sin, knowing even religious people are just as guilty of sin. Yet Jesus has redeemed me at the cross, paid the price, and washed me clean. The key message for the woman caught in adultery is to sin no more. Jesus tells her to leave her life of sin. This is, by definition, repentance: turning away from her ungodly life. This is a great reminder of John 1:17: For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ.
Jesus, You are the great Mediator and Judge of all. Thank You that You paid the price on our behalf for something we could never do. Thank You for Your grace and truth that not only loves us but loves us in spite of our sin. We praise You forever in your precious name, Jesus.
Written by Sven Bessesen