Jesus knows what He’s talking about. In the previous chapter, we saw Him as the Ultimate Candidate. In today’s chapter, Jesus answers tough questions from the religious leaders, called Pharisees. The first question we read about is certainly not the most challenging for us today, but it is definitely the most meaningful.
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16 But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17 Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.” 19 So they were saying to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.” 20 These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.
21 Then He said again to them, “I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” 25 So they were saying to Him, “Who are You?” Jesus said to them, “What have I been saying to you from the beginning? 26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.” 27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” 30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.
Another client walks down the alley towards the back of a house. She notices him as one of her regular clients. They were all the same—men who claimed to be holy and pure, but whose hearts were dirtier than the beggars who pulled food out of the city dump. Oh, you wouldn’t recognize him in that disguise, but when clothes come off, identities are difficult to hide. Suddenly, there is a knock at the front door. The woman shrieks! Who could this be? The door came open, and several Pharisees come in, staring at her as if she were a disobedient dog. She tries to cover herself and get away, but most of these Pharisees are also familiar with the house, and they catch her easily. “What are you doing?” the woman cries out! “I’ve served you all well for years!” But the whole thing was a set-up. The Pharisees grab her hardly-clothed body and begin to drag her outside. Ashamed and embarrassed, the woman is paraded all the way to the temple. Weak and worn out, the woman collapses into a heap on the floor. Her mind is so confused that she does not hear the commotion, but she knows what this means. Her life is about to end. She is about to be killed by the very ones who brought her into the business. She looks up to see the men surrounding her, all with stones in their hands. One man, the only non-Pharisee in the group—is writing something in the dust. Slowly, beginning with the oldest, the Pharisees dropped their stones and left. Soon she was with the man, and He looked familiar. He reached out His hand and raised her to her feet. Giving her His own coat, He says, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” “No one, Lord,” she says. “I do not condemn you either,” her Rescuer says. “Go. From now on, sin no more.” The woman leaves a new person. She found someone who believed in her—someone who actually believed there could be an end to her miserable life of sin. Prostitution was not her dream occupation, but with all the religious leaders as her clients, she knew of no other way to live. Jesus changed that. From now on, she would follow her Savior.
How about you? Do you know that Jesus believes in you, too? Maybe you, like this woman, feel tricked into sin, perhaps even by someone in the church. Jesus says, “Go. From now on, sin no more.”
My friend, hold onto Jesus! He’ll carry you through the storms of your life, and He won’t ever condemn you. The Bible doesn’t say that the woman didn’t sin anymore. It does say that it’s possible, but you and I know that it’s not likely. Hold on to Jesus, friend, hold on and never let go! Whenever you fall, call out for your Savior! He’ll pick you back up, hold you in His arms, and carry you as long as life lasts. That’s a promise!
God Bless, and keep holding onto Jesus!
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.