Thursday, October 25, 2012

Without Sin

“At dawn He appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around Him, and He sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and of the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger. When they kept on questioning Him, He straightened up and said to them, “Let any of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her,” Again, He stooped down and wrote on the ground.”

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked, “woman, where are they? has no one condemned you?”

“No one, Sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

John 8:2-11

You know those passages that you know by heart but each time you read it, it smacks you in the face?
This passage is one of those.
I am as guilty as anyone to point out how someone else’s sin is “worse than mine.”
Or maybe I have done “this” but I have NOT done “that!”

Who are we to judge our sins? Or rate them on a bad to worse scale?

Which one of us is worthy of throwing the first stone?


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