Jesus challenges those who condemn the woman caught in adultery to examine their own lives for sin. Who are we to condemn a person to death? Are we the ones responsible for the gift of life? No! Only God determines the times of life and death. It is not a light thing to pass judgment on someone as we are all sinners and worthy of judgment! Before we condemn others for their actions, let us be sure that we are not guilty of sin ourselves.
1 While Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand inthe middle. 4 They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. 7 But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. 10 Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
t h i n k : Before we condemn others for their actions, let us be sure that we are not guilty of sin ourselves.