“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” – John 8:7
This verse is commonly quoted. The woman was accused of adultery, and back then women were stoned for that. Jesus challenged them though. No one threw a stone at the woman. This is what Jesus said next.
“‘Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?’ She said, ‘No man, Lord.’ And Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.'” – John 8:11
The first part of this passage is easy to read, and often quoted to show that we are all sinners; thus, we shouldn’t judge one another. However, the rest a little bit tougher. Though Jesus gives the woman grace, He tells her that she needs to change. He tells her to “sin no more.”
Just because we are forgiven does not mean that the work ends there. We have to change, and we have to actively follow Him and do our best to do what the Bible says. The good news is that Jesus will help us to do just that. It is so important to get into the Word consistently. We need to read the full stories throughout Scripture. I have heard, and seen, John 8:7 be quoted out of context – in ways that almost make it seem like Jesus wasn’t concerned about sin. The rest of the story shows that He did care about sin. And it was pretty clear. Like I said a couple of weeks ago, I have not been the best at reading Scripture regularly until recently. I used to be incredibly consistent in reading the Bible every day, but the past couple of years I let life get in the way. Every day that open my Bible now, I am reminded how very important it is and I am going to keep doing my best to keep it up. I want the full stories, and the full truth.