When they heard this, they left one by one, starting with the older men. Only He was left, with the woman in the center.John 8:9(HCSB)
The woman caught in adultery had certainly sinned, and judgement needed to be meted out.. but the evil schemes of the Jewish leadership, who were using the undeniable guilt of this adulteress to trap the Lord Jesus, was an underhand plot to either: 1) accuse Him of disregarding sin by demonstrating His contempt for the God-given Law of Moses.. or 2) not living up to His claims of being a friend of sinners and their merciful Saviour.
Should she be stoned or should she be set free? was the question designed to entrap the Lord. If He were to condemn her He would have upheld the Law of Moses, but He would have been discredited as the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world - Who had come to seek and to save that which was lost. Were He to ignore her sin and recommend her release, Jesus would have proven Himself to be a lawbreaker, with contempt for the Torah and a disregard for the Law of God.
Jesus silently permitted the ranting allegation of the many accusational voices to continue spewing out their judgemental criticism on this woman, as they pointed accusingly at a sinner who most certainly deserved to have the punishment of God poured out upon her - for all have sinned and all fall short of the perfect standard of a holy God. But God is the One Who searches the heart and as the clamour, confusion and criticism increased, the very finger of God, which inscribed the Law on tablets of stone so many years before, was once again used to begin writing words on the dusty ground.
We don't know what Christ wrote in the sand that day, but the consciences of every proud Pharisee and each scheming Scribe was cut to the quick, when Jesus spoke with commanding authority: let him who is without sin among you, throw the first stone. And convicted and confused by their own conscience.. they left one by one, starting with the older men, and leaving Jesus alone with the woman.
All sin is an affront against God and all sin must be punished.. and the only price that would satisfy a holy and righteous God was the shed blood of the sinless Son of God. His wrath was poured out in full measure upon the sinless, Lord Jesus as He hung on the cross. And as she stood before Him.. Jesus knew that He was soon to pay the price for the sin of this adulterous woman - just as surely as He died to pay the price for my sin and for yours.
As she stood alone waiting for His verdict on her heinous sin, she heard Him say: neither do I condemn you, and He charged her to go and sin no more. As she heard His gracious pronouncement of forgiveness upon her that day, little did she realise that soon He would be despised, rejected of men and led as a lamb to the slaughter, in order to die on the cross to pay the price for her sin.. and for the sins of her accusers - and for the sin of the whole world - and for your sin and for mine - so that whosever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life..
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to be the sin-sacrifice for the whole world. Let me never forget what it cost You to pay the price for my sin. Let me never forget that You bled and died as payment for every sin I have committed. Help me to walk in newness of spirit and live a godly life to Your honour and glory, for You are my God and my Saviour and I love You Lord, AMEN.