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.”
It's been so great meditating on John 8. There is so much in there. I feel like I'm both the religious leaders and the adulterous woman in the story.
I completely agree with both of those sentiments. That’s the thing that caught my attention, which I'd never realized before this: that we can be like both the religious leaders and the woman caught in sin.
The woman didn't come to Jesus. It wasn't that she needed or wanted Jesus to heal her. She got brought to Him unwillingly, in shame and accusation. If the religious leaders didn't grab her out of the room, she wouldn’t have come to Jesus.
Wow, that’s so good. That's salvation, eh? He brought salvation to her, even though she nor the Pharisees were looking for Him to rescue her.
Yeah that's salvation, man! As Paul puts is, "Yet, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” And the thing is, it isn't until Jesus unleashes His compassion that she address Him as “Lord.” No doubt, she's expecting the worst, but then He gives a counter-intuitive response and she replied "no one, Lord.” Her confession is a response to His grace!
We weren't looking for Jesus to save us. He was looking for us. He initiates and we respond. The order never changes. I think sometimes we think after following Jesus, the order changes. His motivation for our obedience always starts with grace.
"Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more” — If we change this truth, then we lose the heart of the gospel.