John 8:3-4 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.”
In another time and another place this woman would have been stoned to death. In the midst of her sin, she was caught and had the good fortune to be brought to Jesus by these leaders. They weren’t concerned about her well-being, but were interested in using her and her adultery to set a trap for Jesus.
There she was, in the temple courts, standing with the leaders and Jesus but also surrounded by “all the people who had gathered around (Jesus)” to be taught by Him. As she stood there, this possibly could have qualified as the worst moment of her life.
I wonder what was going through her mind. Did she know who Jesus was? Maybe she had heard of Him or heard Him teach. Maybe she had been amazed by the miracles He’d done. If she had known of Him, this would not have qualified as the way she would have liked to meet Him. That is until this experience unfolded.
Jesus dealt with the leaders and with her. His comments to them forced the leaders to recognize their own sin. Imagine her amazement as all of the religious leaders slowly 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 her, “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 8:9-11)
Jesus not only freed her from condemnation, better still, He offered her the opportunity of leaving her life of sin; no, make that He commanded her to leave her life of sin – just as He does with us. When Jesus saves our lives and instructs us on the way to go, do we really think or behave as though His words are just suggestions???
I can see her eyes irresistibly drawn to His and her heart filled with the overwhelming desire to follow Him. She might not have had any idea what the future held, but following Jesus would change everything. Can’t you see her in the days ahead tearfully sharing her testimony of how Jesus saved her life – both physically and spiritually – and recounting this event, moment by moment, that led to her becoming a follower of Him?!