a-woman-caught-in-adulteryJohn 8:7-10 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. 

Jesus knew the perfect resolution to this scenario. And, as a searcher of the hearts, He knew what the results would be. “Let you that is without sin…” Jesus knew that the singular way to change the spirit of condemnation among these men was to get them to look inwardly, at their own hearts and lives first. And when they did, they realized that there were some glaring “beams” in their eyes. Jesus first addressed the law of casting a stone, as the witness, first. It was he who witnessed this act that should step forward before the others. But there was a problem for him, for if he identified himself, he would no doubt have to identify the man who committed adultery. Oh, but this leads to another problem. The men excused themselves much in this day and age, which leads us to the next point. This was an adulterous generation.  Romans 2 shows us this. Jesus identified them as such in the Gospels. And He knew the adultery that went on in their ranks. It may have been physical adultery, and it may have been emotional or mental adultery. But nonetheless, Jesus got to the heart of the matter – “He that is without sin”cast the stone first. In this context, “he who doesn’t have this type of sin in his life is free to come forward and cast a stone.” It was after these two points that these men, convicted in their OWN conscience, began to walk away, no longer with the spirit of condemnation with which they came.

I am reminded one sure way to keep the spirit of condemnation out of me is to take an honest assessment of my own heart and my own life. And when I realize and remember who I am, and the grace that sustains me each day, that spirit must begin to lose its grip in mine. That is not to say that we don’t deal with sin. Jesus said “go, and sin no more.” Sin cannot be allowed to spread. But my spirit will be more like Christ’s when I realize who I am, cast the beam out, and then am able to act as He’d want me to.

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