Casting Stones - Jesus & Discarded Women

It is so easy to point the finger until it's pointing straight at self. Here's a woman whose sin had finally caught up with her. The verdict is death, until Jesus.

Caught, red handed!

In the book of John 8:2-11 (KJV) we are told the story of a woman who had reached the end of her immoral rope. An unjust mob delivered this woman to be stoned to death. And why? She had been caught in the act of adultery. She was condemned; guilty as charged according to the laws of that time. But was this self-righteous damnation just about this woman? This woman's accusers brought her to Jesus and set her in the middle of all her onlookers. How shame must have covered her. She must have been plagued by hopelessness, for she understood well the penalty for her sin. Yet, she was not alone in here condemnation. The judgment was far greater than she'd imagined. Why was she brought to be judged and put to death and not her accomplice? Where is he? Surely the act of adultery takes two. I reckon it didn't matter about bringing both guilty parties in, because the accusers' intention was not so much about the woman as it was about Jesus.

The Temptation

The scribes and Pharisees despised Jesus. They were always looking for ways to condemn and to put Him to death before His appointed time. Jesus knew their thoughts, as always. They turned Jesus' attention to the law of Moses concerning their sentence on this woman, but Moses' opinion was not their true concern. They wanted to hear what Jesus had to say so they could condemn Him by His words. Now what is Jesus to do? This woman's life hangs in the balance, and perhaps even His. I imagine she might have heard about Jesus before but had never met Him personally. But today is going to be different. This woman must have heard about His miracles, His teachings, His care for many people. There might have been a glitter of hope somewhere in the back of her mind. How will He answer her accusers? Does it matter what He says? 'I have done so much wrong', she might have thought. "Is there any hope for me?" How she must have hoped in every word Jesus would speak in response to her accusers. Will she die the death of an adulteress, today?

The Condemnation

We have heard the saying, 'silence is golden'. Today this saying was as true as it gets for this discarded woman. Jesus waited before answering the mob, giving them time to look within themselves. "But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So, when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again, He stooped down, and wrote on the ground", John 8:6-8 (KJV). What an amazing response; Jesus, as He has so often done, answered the scribes and Pharisees with a question. Some supposed Jesus might have been writing out the many sins of the woman's condemners. This might be true since just waiting for them to think was not enough; He had to also ask a conscience altering question, and then write. I imagine one could hear a pin drop had it not been for the noise of the guilty feet departing one by one. Her accusers had found themselves with no less a condemnation as this woman. They too deserved death, but not today because, Jesus is here.

Alone with Jesus

The best place you want to be is alone with Jesus Christ. This daughter could not even raise her head. She was bowed down with shame, fear, and regret. But today, the 'Son of righteousness' has risen upon this woman, and He comes with 'healing in His wings'. Yet another question immerges from the lips of the Savior; "Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?", John 8:10 (KJV). She must have thought for a split moment that she might be dreaming. But this was no dream; all here accusers were gone. She had been given a second chance on life. Three words she never dreamed would echo her deliverance, she said, "no man Lord", John 8:11 (KJV). Look at Jesus' follow-up answer to her response. He knew she needed more. This woman needed to know that "the Lord" Himself had also forgiven her. Jesus said, "neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more", John 8:11 (KJV). She was free to live again, to love again, and to do life right, this time.

The Relevance

That day of judgment had been a bittersweet episode for the discarded woman. In one day, she had a near death experience and an encounter of the Godkind. When Jesus comes everything changes. It's no wonder we call Him, Savior. Our hurts, wrongs, shame, guilt, faults, sins are no different from this woman's. Jesus wants to set us free, too. He wants to give us another chance, too. The only way to be truly free; to be truly made whole, is to bring Jesus your troubles and let Him speak for you. No human can point a righteous finger at you. Run to Jesus and tell Him what hurts. Show Him all your wounds and allow Him to heal and save you. #Not Condemned!