“Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.” (John 8:8, 9)
When they heard what? Jesus is writing something on the ground and those closest are saying what he is writing. Names? Dates? Places? We do not know, but whatever He is writing, it has something to do with the sins of the older ones first and then each one until they leave. He is not accusing them, He is telling them their sins. They realize they are unable to convict her, because they too have sins that cause them to be worthy of death.
Lord, none of us is without sin. Yet too often, each one of us act as if we are. Help me to not feel superior because I know You. Instead, with humility, grant that I would live knowing simply that I am forgiven. Help me be a help to others by sharing with them the truth of Your salvation and Your willingness to reach out to all, no matter what the sin issues are.
Thank You Lord Jesus for saving me from the mob of demons who would love nothing more than for me to join them in hell. Grant today I would live in humility with compassion for those around me, knowing that You alone are able to save, sharing the Good News of salvation which is found in You alone. Amen.
These devotionals are written by Rev. Dr. Jeffray Greene, pastor of American Lutheran Church in Rantoull, Illinois. He serves on the Court of Adjudication of the North American Lutheran Church.