Does God accept me as I am?
God is with us and for us – no matter what.
A woman is caught in sin. Humiliated and disgraced she is dragged before Jesus. The crowd is shocked and silenced as a question is raised by her accusers: “The law says stone her to death. What do you say Jesus?” Their question is disingenuous. They don’t care about the law and they don’t care about this woman – all they care about is finding reason to condemn Jesus. This woman is simply a means towards that end. But Jesus, despite appearing backed into an inescapable theological corner, responds calmly, with authority and grace: “Let whoever has no sin throw the first stone.” The temple crowd waits with bated breath, wondering what will happen next. One by one their stones hit the ground, not because they’ve been thrown but because they’ve been dropped. As the stones hit the ground, the woman’s accusers depart one by one. It is a powerful moment only outdone by what Jesus says next: “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more" (John 8:10-11, ESV). This week we’ll unpack the incredibly amazing truth that the only one worthy of casting a stone chose not to.