Jesus, Friend Of Sinners
In a text not originally included in the Gospel of John, we get a glimpse of our glorious and gracious Savior. In the midst of a trap the scribes and Pharisees intended for evil, Jesus provides a beautiful display of God's love for wayward, sinful people. Jesus, throughout his earthly ministry was a friend of sinners. Indeed He came to seek and to save the lost. Perhaps this is nowhere made more clear, than in this interaction with an adulteress woman.
- How should we think about this text knowing that it was not originally part of the gospel of John?
- What was the goal of the scribes and Pharisees in bringing this woman to Jesus?
- What did the Law of Moses really call for in this case? See Deuteronomy 22 and 13.
- What stands out to you about this “case” brought before Jesus? What influences from our modern western culture affect our understanding of this text?
- Should we assume from Jesus’ remark to the scribes and Pharisees that we must be perfect before we make a judgment on another? If not, what is He saying?
- Why do you think the older men left first?
- How can Jesus say “neither do I condemn you”?