“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to 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?” This they said to test him that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” John 8:3-11 (ESV)
In this story of forgiveness, we see certain issues that we continue to see in our world today. The scribes and the Pharisees tried to set Jesus up. They wanted to hear his answer, not because they were doing what the Law stated because they weren’t. According to the Law of Moses, both parties involved were to be stoned.
Jesus told the men in the crowd that they could only throw those stones if they had no sin in their lives. He then bent down and wrote something in the dirt twice. The men started to leave. He asked her, “where are your accusers? Has anyone called you to task?”
She responded, probably relieved and a bit shocked. “No one, Lord.” Now comes the best part, our LORD told her he didn’t hold it against her, either. He told her she was free to go and told her to not do that stuff again.
When we find ourselves caught up in sin, we actually are in bondage. We can’t get out of that habit or practice on our own.
We do have someone who can free us from the quagmire of sin and lead us to solid ground in Him. His name is Jesus.
He went to the Cross and died for you and for me. He took all our sin upon Himself. H frees us from sin.