This is truly one of the most compelling stories in the story told by Jesus’ dear friend. The funny thing is there is a great deal of proof that says it was probably not written by John in his original memoir. The controversy around John 8 makes this story that much more wonderful.
As one spends their life seeking to know the Lord, being able to see Jesus on that day gives us the entire Gospel in a diorama! There Christ stands when the religious leaders come dragging a frightened and utterly guilty woman right to Emmanuel’s feet. In their most self-righteous tones, these men ask Jesus to make the call on what to do with this woman caught in adultery. In their mind, Jesus was destroyed. He could not give an answer that would allow His credibility to remain.
What these men did not understand and seemingly would never understand; was that this woman embodied what God came to earth to restore. There she was on the ground, covered in sin and in shame with absolutely no way to fix this herself.
Jesus looked at these men and saw exactly who they were, wretched and awful men more intent on being right than on serving and loving the God they represented. So, in a thoughtful and deliberate voice Emmanuel looked at and through them to their souls and said, “Fine! The one of you fools who is sinless, you cast the first stone!”
The weight of the Father came crashing down on the religious elite and they left. Jesus had stunned the crowd and could have dropped the microphone and walked off stage! What happened next, however, is the story.
Jesus picked up this shattered child of God, He looked her in the eyes and asked, “Where are your accusers, has no one stayed to condemn you?”
She saw all had gone and said no one. But there stood God in flesh! He saw and knew this child! He could have condemned her so many times over. But that was not why Jesus came! That was not who the Father was, He came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I; go and sin no more.” It was the embodiment of God demonstrating His love for us. As Paul would remind us later in Romans, “God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were yet sinners; Christ gave His life for us!” And as she collected herself one could almost hear Paul’s declaration from Romans 8, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!”
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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, “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.”