Chapter 11 – Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles (St John)
Story No. 5 of 13 (John 7:53-8:11)
At the end of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus again went to the Temple Courts, sat down and a crowd gathered around him.
While teaching them, some experts in the law and Pharisees brought a woman to him who had committed adultery. Forcing her in front of them they said, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. In the law, Moses commanded us to stone to death, such women. What then do you say?”
Jesus, knowing the Pharisees were trying to trap him so they could arrest him, bent over, perhaps waiting for the right moment, and wrote with his finger on the sand. When they persisted in their questioning, Jesus straightened up and said, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”. Jesus again bent over and continued writing on the ground.
One-by-one the experts in the law and the Pharisees walked away, starting with the older ones until he was alone with the woman. Jesus then stood up and said to the woman, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She answered, “No one, sir”. Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more”.
It is often easier to condemn others than see one’s own sin! Why are we so short-sighted?
Lord Jesus, give me the vision to honestly examine myself. Then instil in me the wisdom to change.
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.
Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit
instructed the hearts of the faithful.
Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and
ever rejoice in His consolation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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Listen and reflect… pause and talk.
Today in 1954, the BBC broadcast its first televised News Broadcast.
How wonderful if today’s news was all good news!
Read More: Jesus’ Life – See All 365 Stories
(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)