Who Will Cast the First Stone?
“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7b (NIV)
One day while Jesus was in Jerusalem the Pharisees brought a women before Him who had committed adultery. Now the Pharisees had prepared a trap for Jesus, setting this poor woman up for the fall. The law was in those days to have the women stoned for this particular crime, and if Jesus found her guilty she would be stoned and the Romans would arrest Jesus for her murder. However if he found her innocent the Jews would believe that he was not a holy man for not obeying the law. The women was brought before Jesus and the Pharisees demanded that He deal out judgement on her. Instead of judging her, Jesus bent down and drew something in the dirt, the sins of the people before him and the woman. He got up and said, as in the verse above, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Immediately the Jews and pharisees left, until it was only Jesus and the woman who remained. Jesus asked the woman if there was anyone there who condemned her; she answered that there were none, and Jesus answered that he did not condemn her either.
It is so easy for us to point out someone else’s faults, mistakes, or their sins. However behind the scenes our sins could be equal or even worse then the sins of the person we condemn. Many times we judge others to make us feel better about ourselves, or to keep everyone’s condemning eyes focused on someone else. However Jesus, no matter how many or how great our sins may be, does not, and will never, condemn us for our mistakes all He asks in return is that we focus on our own spirituality not condemn someone else’s.
Posted on January 26, 2012, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged cast, Christianity, condemn, condemnation, Jesus, judge, judging, Pharisees, Spiritual, stone. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.