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We All Are the Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 5

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Daniel Whyte III

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TEXT: John 8:3-11: "When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, 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."

Herman Hanko said, "If you go to the cross, it's a miserable, wretched throng that's gathered there. There are thieves there. And there are murderers there. And there are bums and beggars and prostitutes there. People that are dragged out of the alleys and byways of life are there at the cross. The wretches, the outcasts of society. They are all there. And if you want to go to the cross, you better join with those. And if you don't want to be a part of those, all right then, go your way. Wrap your righteous robes around you and join the company of the Scribes and Pharisees. But the cross is no place for you to go, because at the cross you will only find sinners."
In this story, we have mostly been focusing on the actions of the Jewish religious leaders and how Jesus responded to their devious plan to trap Him. Now, let's put ourselves in the shoes of the woman in this passage. Yes, she was an adulteress, but imagine how she felt at this moment. Her privacy had been violated; surely she did not want word of her adultery spread throughout the city, much less broadcast in front of hundreds of people at the Temple who had gathered to hear Jesus teach. She was ashamed, she was embarrassed, she was guilty. She knew what the Law said about adultery, and knew she deserved to be stoned.
However, as she watched and listened to Jesus interacting with the religious leaders who had arrested her and brought her to the Temple, she likely realized that something other than a simple trial was going on. Maybe she figured out that she was the unfortunate pawn in some kind of sting operation.