Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
(John 8:1-11 NLT)
Poetic Justice. We are blinded by the works of man (media) that we forget the real truth of Jesus and his teachings on this earth: forgiveness. We are taught to stone others through name calling and finger pointing, and we have forgotten that we ourselves are sinners too. Jesus with all his power, wisdom, and Might, knew what she did was wrong. But he also knew what the Pharisees were doing was just as bad if not worse. And so with his calm and coolness, he outsmarted the Pharisees and turned a sinner into a believer in Christ!
I’m not saying that sins should not go unpunished–there will always be consequences for the wicked acts of sin–but we should really (really) follow this example and not throw stones. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO ACHIEVE JUSTICE AND THROWING STONES IS NOT ONE OF THEM IN THE LEAST.
Remember to always count to 10 when you are angry (maybe draw in the sand) and remember what Jesus did for this women while he was cornered by his enemies. I would like to think that Jesus, when he stopped down to draw in the sand, wrote the word “Forgive.”