“And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”John 8:2-11 KJV
Have you ever been caught in the act of doing something wrong?
Do you remember the emotions that you felt in that moment feelings of anxiety, instant regret and guilt?
I believe the adulteress felt the same emotions on a much larger scale. As the scribes and the Pharisees carried her down to the temple shouting (STONE HER, STONE HER)!!! In that very moment I believe the feelings of guilt, hurt and shame flooded her entire being. Even worse imagine looking into the eyes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as all of her dirty laundry is being broadcast for the entire world to hear.
In the midst of chaos a still small voice says (“he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”). Instantly the crowd quiets and conviction sets in as they depart one by one recognizing the harsh truth that we all fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Meaning that we ALL sin (1 John 1:8).
How many stones have been cast your way or how many have you casted?
Well I’m here to tell you today that you do not have to live a life full of shame and fear of judgement from others because, no one on this earth is worthy enough to cast the first stone. Our God is so full of mercy, just and perfect in all of his ways yet, he did not condemn the adulteress he instructed her to “go, and sin no more.” He will do the same for you so “go and sin no more” and stop living life fearful of the opinions of others only God can judge you.