The last sentence in our scripture reading for today is one of the most profound in scripture. For in that scripture Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you…Go and leave your life of sin.” This strikes the perfect balance between God’s love and his holiness.
God’s love without his holiness would leave us spoiled and soiled, ungrateful and undisciplined. But, his holiness without his love would consume us with the lofty demands of perfection. But his love in perfect balance with his holiness saves us. Challenging us to live a higher life, yet giving us the fuel of love and support along our way.
(John 8:1-11) 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”