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.”
The beautiful and mind bending reality about this story is that Jesus — who is God — let man condemn Him. He was the only perfect human being to ever walk the planet, and yet He let us throw stones at Him so that we might be saved. Now we all can now drop our rocks, no longer condemning each other but showing the same grace He gave to us.
We are both the men with stones in our hands, and the woman caught in sin. Both are transformed in their encounter with Jesus. Jesus saved the woman, not through changing her behavior but by showing her that despite her behavior she is still God’s beloved, she is accepted, chosen and forgiven. We now also are His beloved, accepted, chosen and forgiven in Jesus. This new identity changed how she would of now lived and we also live differently by the power of this person called Grace — and His name is Jesus.
Yes! Love this! And what you said is so true: “Our perception or the way we think about God is many times not who God is.” Her perception of God would have been formed through misrepresentations of him. How often am I doing this? Thankful Jesus is bent on (pun intended) revealing to us the true heart of God. In our shame, embarrassment, guilt, His posture is one of bending & kneeling toward us. I’m imagining how she must have felt after being shamefully dragged into the crowd, when the Pharisees turn to Jesus and ask Him, “Now what do you say?” She would have expected judgment and death but received the greatest life possible. GRACE. This is who He is to her, and this is who He is to us. Everyday.
So true how we are both in the story: we are like the woman in how we are guilty if not for the grace of Jesus; and we are like the men in how we are often more eager to point out other people’s sins rather than our own. Both the self righteous & immoral areas of our hearts are transformed by the grace of Jesus.