One of the most powerful stories in all of Scripture is the story of the adulterous woman.
In John 8, scribes and Pharisees brought before Jesus a woman who was caught in the act of adultery. At that moment, He was teaching before a crowd of people, but the Pharisees were looking for a way to accuse Him. They asked Him ...
“Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” (John 8:4–5, ESV).
How Jesus responded is incredible. He bent down and began writing on the ground with a stick, but because they kept pressing Him, He responded, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” (v. 7, ESV). Then He continued writing on the ground.
One by one, the crowd walked away, and I like to think that as each rock fell harmlessly to the ground, mercy, healing, and freedom began raining down on the woman.
The key is to drop our rocks. While we may think we’re justified in accusing people of their sin, the rocks don’t hit the sin. They hit people. But the more we follow Jesus, the more we’ll begin seeing people for who they are, rather than what they do.
Adapted from Christine Caine’s, First Things First.
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