Forgiveness is a powerful thing. It's the chief gift of the gospel and we must not take it for granted nor be slow to remember it when seeing others falter. Adam Barnett continues our study of John by looking at the story of the forgiven woman and challenging us to take hold of forgiveness and drop our rocks.
The Forgiven Woman
John | Week 7
June 28, 2020 | Adam Barnett
John 8:2-6a NIV
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.
John 8:6b-8 NIV
But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
John 8:9 NIV
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
John 8:10-11 NIV
Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Forgiveness is the chief gift of the New Testament gospel.
Jesus' grace empowers holiness.