Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, John 8:2-3
Imagine it’s early Sunday morning and you arrive at church for Sunday school. You greet everyone and talk a bit about the weather or some restaurant where you recently ate.
It’s time for Sunday school to begin so you grab a cup of coffee and sit down with your Bible open. After some prayer requests and opening in prayer, the teacher begins reading and expounding from God’s word.
Suddenly the door opens and a several church members drag a young woman into the classroom and set her down in a chair.
They accuse her of some sin in front of the entire class.
That’s pretty much a modern version of what happened that morning Jesus was teaching in the Temple. As Jesus was teaching, His teaching was interrupted but the interruption became a teaching moment.
Back to the Sunday school class.
Everyone in the class has also sinned at some point in their life. Perhaps a few have sinned in the exact same way as the young woman.
Jesus came to heal sinners by grace and forgiveness. He places in each repentant sinner a new heart and new desire to change from a sinful lifestyle. Believer’s desire is not for themselves but for the Lord.
A woman does not need to be set in front of us at Sunday school. We become a scribe or Pharisee each day as we walk in the store, as we drive down the road, or when we look around at our coworkers.
We condemn them with thoughts and stone them with words and actions.
People are sinners and sinner’s sin – that’s a fact.
Jesus came to save sinners from their sin.
I am one of those saved sinners.
I don’t want to condemn other sinners but share a teachable moment with them – Jesus saves!