She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (John 8:11 [KJV])
The Jews acted childish when they came to report the woman to Jesus. Children a able to tell right from wrong; so when one of them do something wrong, they know it is wrong but have no powers to execute judgment on the wrong doer. So the easiest way to have the wrong doer pay for his sins is by reporting the matter to mama or papa. At this point they are not really their brother’s keeper but accuser, ‘Get what you deserve’ mentality.
Often as Christians we deal with fellow Christians as if we are better than them or have been given powers to condemn them and exercise authority over them. “The whole world stands condemned before the great moral standard of righteousness.” – (The Signs of the Times, March 7, 1895 par. 8) It is amazing how Jesus dealt with the case of a woman caught in sin! He reacted so calmly and composed while using the approach of (Matt 7:1-5 [ESV) “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?” Jesus reacted to the situation before him in a manner suggesting he is a sinner like the rest, he implied to them that he is not in a position of condemning her which was the case, “Ye have condemned [and] killed the just; [and] he doth not resist you.” (James 5:6 [KJV])
Jesus could not have approved her stoning; neither could he verbally condemn her action before the accusers, because he was here to be condemned himself, for the sake of that woman, those accusing her and the rest of humanity. His mission was not to condemn because that would be contrary to what he came to do; instead was here to redeem and restore mankind. As God he condemned sin and not sinner. His words to her were, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” His loving nature, which brought him to earth to restore man, could not turn back on its mission through this one act of judgment upon one sinner while the entire world was in a similar state as that of the woman. “Satan exults over the condition of God’s professed people. While many are neglecting their own souls, they eagerly watch for an opportunity to criticize and condemn others.” – (Testimonies for the Church Vol.5 p.94)
Where would we be if every sin committed is dealt with stoning? If God was to apply the stoning acts of judgment towards us sinners who would stand? Why would I be quick to condemn others while I stand accused? What gives us pleasure in condemning others while before God we are all in need of grace? I guess now I begin to understand what God mercy means to me; like to the woman, it means another chance to have my life restored.
By A. Eliamani