Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone. – John 8:7
While Jesus was teaching, the teachers of the law and the Pharisees came to Him. They came with an evil purpose. They brought a woman caught in adultery and they made her stand before the group. They were always out to set a trap for Jesus in order to accuse Him.
They said to Jesus: ‘Teacher, this woman has broken the law of Moses. She was caught in the act of adultery. Moses orders us to stone her. What is Your opinion? They tried to trick Jesus, but He did not answer them. He bent down and started to write on the ground with His finger.
This was a difficult situation. Jesus had to decide while everyone else was watching. According to Jewish law, there was only one punishment for such an act. He who always preached about forgiveness and love, now had to tell them to stone her. If the woman was not punished, they would say: ‘We got Him. He is disobedient to the law.’ The Bible does not say what Jesus wrote, but it might be that He was writing some of their sins on the ground.
Do not quickly judge
Jesus teaches us here that we should not be quick to judge someone else. We should be careful with our words and not easily point the finger.
Paul says: ‘You who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things’ (Romans 2:1).
Jesus put an end to this conversation with a few words. He stood up and said to them: ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.’
This story is about knowing yourself. This seems to be incredibly difficult. After Jesus spoke, they all left; one by one.
Jesus straighten up again and said to her: ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you’? And she said: ‘No one, Sir.’ And Jesus said: ‘Then neither do I condemn you.’
Jesus did not condemn this woman and said to her: ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’ Jesus does not approve sin, but He is compassionate and merciful. Let that Spirit also be in you!