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 8:7-11
The motivation for our obedience to Jesus is the revelation that we are completely accepted and loved before we do anything. I love your point from yesterday, about her confessing him as Lord after she experiences His grace. "Her confession is a response to His grace.” There’s just so much in that.
You hit it right on the head with the fact that the Gospel never changes its order. He initiates and we respond. Always!
I am always struck by how His last line to her is a release, not a threat. "Go, sin no more.” It’s like He’s saying to her, "You don't have to keep doing this. You don't have to keep going here. You don't have to keep seeing him. You're free! Go, relish in it!" We are free to be who He made us to be!
It's more about freedom and less about restriction. It's as if He knows that the lifestyle of sin will only lead to shame and guilt. We weren't designed for sin but designed to live in freedom. He designed us to be who He sees that we are and tells us we are.