By Aaron Jeffries / @arjeffries1
After getting caught in the act of adultery, they dragged her through the town hurling insults at her. Then, the men met up with Jesus. Hoping they could trap him in his own words, they begin to tell him of her horrible crime.
Not one to speak to quickly, Jesus steps down and begins to write in the sand. The men say, “The Law of God says we must stone her, for she is a sinner!”
Jesus, taking it all in, suddenly stands and says, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Convicted, the men drop the rocks one-by-one and leave because their attempt to trap Jesus fails. They are embarrassed because they are just as guilty of sin as she is.
Jesus then looks to the woman and asks, “Where are your accusers?”
Hesitantly, she responds, “Nowhere.”
Then, Jesus commands her, “Go, and sin no more.”
I love this story because it shows Jesus as compassionate–yet fearless! And, it’s a lesson for us to swiftly hear and slowly speak. Today’s Christian generation would still gladly throw stones at the adulteress! This generation is quick to judge and so quick to form opinions–never taking into account what the sinner has (or is) going through in life.
Let us not forget that Jesus loved us! While we were yet sinners, he died in order to give us everlasting life. He came not to judge the world, but to save the world. Yes, there will come a time when HE ALONE will judge. Satan is the accuser, the father of lies. Too often we speak in his native tongue of lies and accusations.
Take a second and let this sink in… Do you want stones cast on you? Believe me, these weren’t little pebbles you’d see on the playground.
There is an old saying that goes “those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I know it’s easy to throw out accusations, however, it is more noble of a man to take the high road—not turning a blind eye, but showing the same grace given to you.
Aaron Jeffries lives in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. He is married to his beautiful wife Kristen, and has been blessed with two amazing little boys. Join him as he writes about life and our amazing Heavenly Father. He can be reached on Twitter at @arjeffries1.