Journey With Jesus: The Ministry Years
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 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, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
Lets look at this text and pull out somethings that are of importance for us.
Jesus retreats to the mount of Olives.
Named for the Olive Groves which once covered it. Feast of the tabernacles is in progress at this time so it would have been very active and noisy in the city. He retreats.
Many times to pray. It was about a two mile walk out of the city and then back again to be teaching in the morning in the temple. Our first message was Jesus the anointed one so here we take one last look at that.
The oil for the anointing came from those olive trees.
*Pharisees bring a woman caught in the very act of adultery right in the middle of where he is teaching.
There is so many things wrong with this picture.
First the gall of them to interrupt his teaching. The self righteousness of the religious leaders. They actually had no right to do this they were not judges. They only did this to trap Jesus. It was all about the shock factor. If she was caught in the very act of adultery she is half dressed and completely humiliated. The trap they were setting was pitting the Roman law verses the Jewish law. If he broke the Roman law they could have him arrested if he broke Jewish law they could use it as proof that he was a heretic.
Why didn’t Jesus judge the situation? He was not an earthly judge. He was in submission to earthly authority as it had been given by God.
He did not come to be an earthly judge or a king. It was none of his business, so to speak.
He has a much higher calling He is the King of the Kingdom of God!
So, let’s look at Jesus, the Defender that we now see in the remaining part of our text.
Look at the second part of verse 6: But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
1. Jesus ignores the voice of the accuser.
He stoops down and wrote on the ground with His finger. According to the text He is not scribbling but He is literally writing something down. (kat e graphen). Names of the men there and sin they committed
Jeremiah 17:13, “O Lord, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. “Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the Lord, The fountain of living waters.”
Now see your defender in this verse. The enemy is the accuser of the brethren.
Revelation 12:10-12, ” Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
Jesus does not listen to him any more than he did to the accusers of this woman he just writes, “Devil, you have a short time.”
Back to the text Verse 7 and 8, “So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.”
2. Our Defender – His words are a two edged sword.
Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Jesus has stepped into the fray now and Has stood between her accusers and herself. Jesus the Word of God is our true defender against every attack that the enemy may bring against you.
3. Our defender wants everyone healed
In this story we see that Jesus is under attack…so is the woman. But the people that were under the most deadly attack are actually not healed in this story.
Verse 9, “Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.”
The self righteous, the accusers, had a moment where everything could of changed. They were convicted…The Holy Spirit convicts us.
John 16:8, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”
In the greek, degeho, meaning to reprove, expose, to convict, to cross-examine in order to convict. A lawyer brings forth evidence that is indisputable and undeniable. That is what just happened in this story Jesus laid out his evidence on the ground and spoke the magic words.
This is the tragedy of the whole story…they walked out with no hope.
You can hope today! Jesus’ blood is laid out before Almighty God in heaven for your acquittal. Allow Him to forgive you today of everything your heart is convicting you of right now.
Hell is just like this story.
4. Because of our defender heaven is just like this story
John 8:10-11, “When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
Jean val Jean…The story of redemption is so beautiful
And when we get to heaven your sin will not be remembered