TOPIC: JESUS, THE LIGHT AND THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE
TEXT: JOHN 8:1-11
Man is always quick to judge another caught in sin, especially when it is shameful and legally condemnable. Jesus was still busy teaching in the temple courts and showing them the light from God's word. Trying to justify their claim of knowing the Law of Moses very well, they brought out a woman caught in adultery for judgment (vs. 1-3). They were attempting to trap Jesus using Moses' Law.
Making the woman stand in public without the man with whom she committed the sin is a proof of bias and lack of light in them (vs.4-6). After citing the Law of Moses, they asked Jesus' opinion on the matter. Knowing the thoughts of men, Jesus delayed in giving an answer, allowing them to search their consciences, for no man is without sin. Then He declared, "If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her" (vs. 7). The question pricked their hearts and they left the public court one after the other until only the woman and Jesus remained.
The woman's sin was like a 'speck' compared to the logs in the Pharisees' eyes (Mat. 7:3-5: cp. Rom. 14:4, 13; 1 Cor. 4:5; Jam. 4:12) and Jesus used this to illustrate the holier than thou attitude of men.
Jesus gave the woman another chance to mend her way, saying, "Neither do I condemn you, but go and sin no more" (vs. 11).
Who judges righteously on this side of heaven apart from Jesus?
Let the light of your words help me stay with You only as the righteous judge of the earth, in Jesus name, Amen.