The Adulterous Woman

AdulterousWoman-smallWhere Are Your Accusers? | Based on John 8:1-11

Jesus was at the temple courts, and many people were gathered around him. He sat down to teach them.

Some religious teachers and leaders brought in a woman caught in the act of adultery. They made her stand in shame before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. The law commands us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

The teachers and leaders were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Jesus.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When the teachers and leaders kept on questioning him, Jesus straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at this woman.”

Again Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard Jesus began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.

Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”