Sandy & Jesus
…Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up [i]and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8.2-11
We’ve been looking at a series of stories involving Jesus and regular people in the Gospels – beginning this week we will focus on four different happenings as Jesus walked toward Jerusalem the final months of His earthly life.
We call her Sandy
Jesus Christ is The Great Defender of Women.
Enter the holier-than-thou scribes and Pharisees bringing with them a woman whom we shall nickname, “Sandy.” I wonder, did they have her by her hair dragging and pushing her toward Jesus?
Calling her names?
Spitting on her?
Hey Jesus – what are you going to do with this one? This whore? We just caught her with her skirts up…
We can only imagine
The Scribes and Pharisees tossing rocks from one hand to the other. Sandy, head hung down, shamed and undone. Jesus with His sandaled feet shuffling in the sand and gravel.
Then, with Sandy not twelve inches away from Him, Jesus bends down, puts His finger into the loose sand and begins to scratch letters into the dusty earth. It appeared He did not hear them so they began shouting their ugly accusations.
Then Jesus stood up
He stood, and asked a simple question…
Whoever of you have never sinned? Be the first to throw a stone.
The accusing men were so quieted by the question, you could have heard a pebble fall.
One more time
The Master went down on His holy knees and scratched more words in the dirt. This time He remained with head down toward the ground – perhaps watching the feet of the accusers turn and retreat. Finally, He stood and there was Sandy alone. Her head still down, heart beating out of her chest.
Woman, where did they go? Did not one throw a rock?
Not one, Lord.
Neither do I accuse you. Go, and sin no more.
What can we learn from Sandy’s story?
- Being a former bad girl, I know this to be true: “Sin…will take you further than you wanted to go; keep you longer than you wanted to stay; and, cost you more than you wanted to pay.
- Don’t be a snitch, snitch, dig a ditch. Because snitches usually end up in the ditch they dig.
- Pray for the accused in love. 1 John 5.16
- Go to the person for restoration. Galatians 6.1
- Don’t mock or test God. Galatians 6.7-8
- Regardless of the sin, don’t be afraid to go to Jesus Christ. There is no sin He won’t forgive.
- Jesus forgave Sandy and told her to (basically) go on your way and don’t sin any longer. We are to confess and repent. Repent meaning to “turn away from the sin.”
¹ From “The 31 Days in the Gospel of John,” available on Amazon.