“Jesus went unto the mount of Olives, and early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.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.
And they which heard it , being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last:
And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord.
And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
This is a marvelous story, whose truths have not dissipated over the years, nor whose lessons have lost their relevance. Here Jesus, early in the day, goes to the Mount of Olives, then while it is yet morning, descends and enters the temple where He situates Himself and begins teaching.
Evidently, paying scant attention to the actual lessons of Jesus, the Scribes and Pharisees come into this circle of truth and anointing where sits Jesus, and drags in a woman.
“Master, this is a sinful woman. We have caught her in the act of adultery…and the law of Moses says so and so…and what will you do? ” These supposedly godly men were not at all pleased with Jesus and His teachings and hoped to trap Him and catch Him in a violation of the law of Moses.
I think I have a mean streak, for I must tell you that I love what happened next. Can’t you just see this. This must have happened in a courtyard or outside the temple, for there was dirt around, and Jesus, surrounded by scholars, disciples, and the adulterous woman reached down and began writing in the dirt. I’m telling you, I love it.
Scripture doesn’t tell what was contained in those earthy messages Jesus wrote, but I have an idea that he scratched out personal indictments to all those who stood in accusation to the woman.
Where were you on Wednesday night? How about this action…and that…and how about this…and didn’t I see you here…or there?
Oh, yes, Jesus wrote personal messages to every one of those men, and no doubt they were incriminating words, for one by one, the men turned and dissolved into the crowd. Finally, the only one left standing was the stained and sinful woman.
I believe love to an almost tangible degree flowed from the eyes of our Master to the woman as He tenderly asked, “Where are your accusers?”
Her eyes had probably been focused on the ground and it was only now that she looked about and saw that she was alone with Jesus. No doubt weeping and trembling, she said to her Lord, “I have none.”
I’m sure Jesus took her hand, or wrapped His arm about her shaking shoulder as He spoke these immortal words, “Neither do I condemn thee. Go. Go back to your home. Go to your family. But sin no more.”
What a message is here for us this Sunday morning. Rotten, filthy and guilty, we come to Jesus, but tenderly He takes our hand, looks us in the eye and says, “Don’t sin any more. Stay pure. Go to your family, be in peace, for from me flows no condemnation.”