A woman is caught in the act of adultery. There are witnesses. It’s an open and shut case. And the sentence is clear—death by stoning. But Jesus doesn’t distribute the stones. Instead, he advocates for mercy and second chances.
When have you wanted to pick up stones? How do you react to Jesus’ treatment of the criminal? Do you think Jesus would have reacted differently if the person had been a drug dealer? A burglar? A man? An abusive spouse? How does this passage challenge our system of justice? What do you think would happen if we treated people this way in our courts?
There will be no devotional for Sunday, March 9. Devotionals will resume on Monday, March 10.