John 8:4

they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. (ESV)




  1. They don’t catch her when she is having dinner with a man who is not her husband, they don’t catch her when she is walking into a room with a man who is not her husband. Verse 3 says that she was caught in the very ACT of adultery.

    They catch her in a very personal and intimate moment. And the privacy of that moment that was supposed to remain hidden was now being exposed. The secret sin had now become public. And when private sin becomes public it often carries with it shame and humiliation.

    Here is an uncomfortable question for us. Imagine a sin in your past, maybe one that would bring great humiliation if it was brought to the surface, image if that sin was now made public in this very room for all to know. What would be your first reaction?

    Our first instinct might be to hide run and hide—to get away from the public exposure. That is what sin often causes us to do. After Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, their first response at the sound of God coming near was to hide. They had been exposed.

    I remember one of our kids when they were younger, when their disobedience was discovered would immediately cover their face. That is what sin causes us to do.

    Here is a woman who probably wanted to go somewhere and hide but she is forced to stand in the open in the presence of the crowd, in the presence of these the religious leaders and in the presence of Jesus and stand there and bare the shame and humiliation of this moment.

    While we do not condone her sin, I think it is easy to sympathize with this woman because every single one of us knows what it is like to be this woman. Maybe not having experienced the same sin of adultery or standing before a crowd with our sin exposed but we all understand what it means to stand before God exposed—full of shame and humiliation. Because we are all sinners and we have all stood disobedient before God and we have all experienced the condemnation of sin and Satan’s pointing finger of shame that says look what you have done. Do you think God is going to love someone who has done that?

    We have all experienced the shame and condemnation of sin.

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