The gospel of John is my favorite book of the bible, and here in chapter 8 is one of my favorite passages.
The Jewish leaders brought a woman caught in adultery to where Jesus was in the temple and asked if he thought they should stone her, as Moses said.
They didn’t care about the woman breaking the law. What they wanted was to trap Jesus, so they would have a reason to accuse him.
He was not threatened.
He said whoever had never sinned could throw the first stone, then he quietly went back to what he was doing.
They didn’t like Jesus, but his words convicted them. Every one of them left.
Jesus was left alone with the woman, the only one who rightfully could have stoned her.
But he said, “Then neither do I condemn you.”
Jesus was so calm during this interaction. The men must have been shouting; the woman was probably crying.
But Jesus, steady and unruffled, offered her hope for a new life. Uncondemned. And with confidence, he told her she could lead a life without sin.
She had probably given up on herself and her ability to lead a clean life.
And it wouldn’t be easy. Jesus knew that. He knows that for us too. But he is confident we can do it with his help.
Verses 9-11: 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. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”