November 24, 2018

The Woman Caught in Adultery

John 8:1-11

Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.

—  John 8:7

When my husband, Trevor, was a young boy, he was wading in a flooded section of a field near his school. A few other boys were standing some distance away, trying to skip rocks on the newly formed, temporary pond. One of the rocks flew wildly off course and sailed into the back of Trevor’s head, causing an instant gash and commotion as he was brought to get stitches. He still has a scar from that accident.

Now picture the guilty ­woman brought before a group of smart, angry men. According to the law, they had the right to stone her to death. There would have been nothing acci­dental about their aim, and each throw would be intended to kill.

Then picture Jesus, who had just sat down to teach the people. What would he do about this woman? Was he angry too? Everyone waited to see what would happen.

Jesus showed no sign of being angry. All we know is that he wrote something on the ground, and then stood and said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” One by one, the accusers left. Eventually only the woman remained there with Jesus. And he told her to leave her life of sin behind.

What does Jesus say about your life?

Lord, we know we have done wrong, and yet, beyond our wildest expectations, you defend us. Thank you for being our shield. Defend us from the harmful aim of the enemy, and help us to follow you. In your name, Amen.

About the author — Julia Prins Vanderveen

Julia Prins Vanderveen works and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, Trevor, and their three sons. Julia has served as a copastor with Trevor at a church in Vancouver. She is a campus pastor and a humanities teacher at the Vancouver Christian School.

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