Thursday, March 25: Any one of you who is without sin

Read John 8:2-11


The last days of Jesus' earthly life are filled with significant events and teachings. During these weeks leading up to Easter, we'll travel with Jesus toward Jerusalem and his crucifixion, marveling at his determination to finally fulfill his destiny as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Read John 8:2-11

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.

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.

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."



As tensions in Jerusalem concerning Jesus continued to mount, the religious establishment made a very public and conniving attempt to trap Jesus in this potentially volatile situation. But he cut right to the heart of the matter, pointing out that everyone has sinned and needs God's forgiveness.


Forgiveness of our sin is the essential foundation of our relationship to God, and because we've been forgiven, we can extend the gift of forgiveness to others. Thank God today for being made free by the power of being forgiven. If you need to forgive someone, ask for his help in doing so.



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