Preparing for this Sunday's sermon, I am studying the story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery found in John 8.
This woman is caught in sin, condemned by religious people, and brought to Jesus for judgment. Yet, these religious people are also guilty. They had conspired to catch this woman. They are just trying to find a way to accuse Jesus. They are condemned already (John 3:18). But they look for ways to condemn other people.
The condemned long to condemn.
Jesus, however, is the only perfect person in the story (or all of history). He is the only one who has the moral authority to condemn anyone. Fully aware of this woman's sin, Jesus refuses to condemn her. He speaks truth, and calls her to repentance. But he clearly tells her that he doesn't condemn her.
The Perfect One longs to give mercy.
So the one who has the right to condemn refuses. Those who have no right to condemn look for ways to judge everyone else.
Here is the greatest irony: So many of us listen more to the bogus condemners than to the Perfect One who calls us to repentance and life.
What are we thinking?