Good words can be said with evil intention as much as good works can be done with sinful motive too. If Jesus consented to her stoning, he would be running into trouble with the Roman government which reserved pronouncement of capital punishment solely in its hand. Besides, he also would contradict his own claim saying he came to seek and to save the lost. On the other hand, if he let her walked away free, he would be breaking the Law and made himself to be a false prophet deserving condemnation. The accusers used the woman merely as bait to fulfill their evil devices. It is possible to use person/s as mere tools to realize personal interest.
The Verdict (vs. 7-11): On hearing their accusation, Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground by his finger. What he wrote remains unknown. However, it teaches us an important lesson. It is always wise not to make impulsive move or take hasty decision when faced with pressure. It was when they kept on questioning that Jesus straightened up and said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw the stone.” He then stooped down again and wrote on the ground. At this, the accusers left one by one starting from the oldest. The living words of Jesus convicted them of their sins. It is not mere knowledge but moral purity that matters. To the adulterous woman, he said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.” He pronounced forgiveness based on his coming death on the cross for her sin and sins of the whole world. On her part, she must turn away from sin and live a new life.
Conclusion: Jesus upheld justice by justifying the sinful woman by paying the penalty of her sin on the cross and causing her to live a brand new life henceforth. He can and wants to do the same for you – today!
Rev. L. M. Vanchhawng
Pastor SBC