What Jesus Did! 'Forgiveness and Deliverance' — John 8:10-11

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jesus looked up again and asked her, "Woman, all of those people are gone. None of them judged you guilty?" The woman answered, "None of them judged me, sir." Then Jesus said, "So I also don't judge you. You can go now, but don't sin again."
— John 8:10-11
Illustration of John 8:10-11 — "So I also don't judge you. You can go now, but don't sin again."

Key Thought

Can you imagine anything more wonderful? This woman was caught in the very act of adultery, humiliated, and about to be killed when Jesus steps in. She is saved! Saved from the mob. Saved from the Law. Saved from her sin. She has a new start. This is what Jesus does for each of us! He forgives our sin and then delivers us to a new life with a new start. So the challenge for each of us is this: what are we going to do with a new start?

Today's Prayer

Help me, Father, to live as your new creation, fully taking advantage of the forgiveness and deliverance you so graciously provided to me by sending Jesus. In his name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

All the Jewish leaders left and went home. Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning Jesus went back to the temple area. All the people came to Jesus. Jesus sat and taught the people. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman there. The woman had been caught doing the sin of adultery. These Jews forced the woman to stand before the people. They said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught having sex with a man that is not her husband. The law of Moses commands that we kill with rocks every woman that does this. What do you say we should do?" The Jews were using this question to trick Jesus. They wanted to catch Jesus saying something wrong. Then they could have a charge against him. But Jesus kneeled down and started writing on the ground with his finger. The Jewish leaders continued to ask Jesus their question. So Jesus stood up and said, "Is there any person here that has never sinned? That person without sin can throw the first rock at this woman." Then Jesus knelt down again and wrote on the ground. The people that heard Jesus began to leave one by one. The older men left first, and then the others. Jesus was left there alone with the woman. She was standing before him. Jesus looked up again and asked her, "Woman, all of those people are gone. None of them judged you guilty?" The woman answered, "None of them judged me, sir." Then Jesus said, "So I also don't judge you. You can go now, but don't sin again."

John 7:53-8:11

Related Scripture Readings

"Don't judge other people, and God will not judge you. If you judge other people, you will be judged in the same way you judge them. And the way you give to other people will be the way God gives to you. "Why do you notice the small piece of dust that is in your brother's eye, but you don't notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? Why do you say to your brother, 'Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye'? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You are a hypocrite. First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your brother's eye.

Matthew 7:1-5

Brothers and sisters, don't say things against each other. If you criticize your brother {in Christ} or judge him, then you are criticizing the law {he follows}. When you judge a brother {in Christ}, you are really judging the law {he follows}. And when you are judging the law, you are not a follower of the law. You have become a judge! God is the only One who makes laws. He is the only Judge. God is the only One who can save and destroy. So it is not right for you to judge another person.

James 4:11-12

"If a man has sexual relations with his neighbor's wife, then both the man and the woman are guilty of adultery. So both the man and the woman must be put to death!

Leviticus 20:10

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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