And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? John 8:3-5
Here again we see the religious leaders trying to trap Jesus , they brought a woman who was caught committing adultery and wanted to see how Jesus would respond based on the Torah. Now the interesting thing is the man that committed adultery was nowhere to be found, so this was not a fair trial right from the beginning
The religious leaders wanted to see if Jesus would stone the woman to death, they were testing Jesus to see if they can get him to contradict the Torah
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 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. John 8:6-8
Jesus began writing something in the sand, were not exactly sure what he wrote but it convicted the religious leaders of their own sin. Perhaps Jesus was exposing their own sin to the group, perhaps he was writing the laws of God. However he challenged them “Whoever has never sinned to cast the first stone”
Now the interesting thing is Jesus did never sin, so he was justified to cast the stone at the woman, but he choose mercy instead
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? John 8:9-10
The religious leaders were all convicted of their own sins and dropped the stones and walked away. Nobody was worthy to convict this woman of sin because they were all sinners themselves! Then Jesus addressed the woman, “Where have all your accusers gone”?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more John 8:11
Jesus is the only one who could righteously condemn the woman of her sin, and he decided to give her mercy instead. Now before you get angry about Jesus leaving the woman go, remember you are this woman also! We have all fallen short and are all sinners, Christ has shown us the same mercy
But notice Jesus gave her a commandment, stop sinning! Sin No More, Jesus gives us mercy, however we need to repent and become Born Again also. By the mercy of Christ, this woman would be changed forever, the same as us when we encounter Jesus , Amen!