Scripture: John 7:53-8:10
Key verses: (8:2-5) 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
Reflection: You know this story. Everyone is a sinner. Or is it “The town of sinful Men”? It could easily be one of those titles but you know the story as the woman caught in adultery. The woman is shamed and humiliated and dragged before the town, ready to be killed. It was in the laws. Her execution was legal. But just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it is right.
The execution is interrupted. Jesus tells all the men with stones in their hands ready to kill the woman: “Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.” In the Gospel story, the stones start to drop, and the men scatter, leaving Jesus alone with the woman.
No one is beyond redemption. Jesus is not the one that shames or humiliates them. Jesus offers healing. He offers life.
No one is beyond redemption. Jesus doesn’t shame the men and call out their sins. He certainly could have humiliated them in that moment. You know we would have wanted to be passive-aggressive but Jesus is about redemption.
No one is beyond redemption. Not the woman, not the men, not you and not me. Thanks be to God.
Prayer: Remind me that my transformation is a journey, God. I am always in need of you. Thank you for never letting me go. AMEN.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].