True forgiveness

Recently I was reading John 8 where it talks about a woman who committed adultery and there was the teachers of the law and the Pharisees who wanted to stone her. This was what the bible stated:

'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 of Moses commanded us to stone such woman. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stopped down and wrote on the ground.

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. 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.”
John 8:2-11

Firstly, Jesus knew that those teachers of the law and the Pharisees wanted to find a basis against Him so that they could accuse him. Therefore, knowing their motives, He replied them by letting them throw the stone at the woman, only if they themselves are not guilty of sin. Proverbs 14:3 says:

'A fool's talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them.'

Secondly, only Jesus himself was not guilty of sin, and only He was worthy to stone that woman. Matthew 3:17 says:

'And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Yet when only Jesus was found worthy to throw the stone at that woman, He choose to forgive that woman by telling her to go in peace. Why did Jesus chose to forgive her? Here's why:

1) Jesus came to call sinners back to Him
This includes the woman herself, for she committed adultery.

Mark 2:17  “It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

2) Jesus is here to take away the sin of the world
Adultery is considered sin, and since that woman sinned, Jesus wanted to take all her sins away. And it is only by the blood of Jesus that all sins could be washed away, for He is the Holy one.

John 1:29 “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

What great forgiveness that Jesus has for us! This taught me 2 lessons: I am a sinner and can only turn to Jesus so that my sin will be wiped away, and I should forgive others as I myself am also guilty of sin.

I hope that through this post today, you will learn the same lessons, and continue to be thankful to Jesus for your salvation and His forgiveness. God bless! :D


  1. This has always been a favorite part of scripture for me. In a time when women weren't valued at all, Jesus helped a woman. When her hope was gone and the punishment was death, Jesus rescued her. He is amazing in His compassion and love for all of us!

  2. Yes I agree.. What great forgiveness God has for us!! :)


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