Jesus Forgives A Sinful Woman

James Tissot: “The Adulterous Woman”


Scripture: And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8: 11


After spending a night on Mount of Olives, early next  morning Jesus went to the temple. Though the temple was a place for worship, the scribes and Pharisees brought into the temple a woman they accused of being caught in the act of adultery. Though Jesus had not gone to the temple that morning to serve as a judge: that was to be His wayside ministry for the day. So how did He deal with the situation?

He wasn’t condoning adultery, but He knew the purpose of the scribes and Pharisees, was to use this to test Him, so He stooped and with His finger wrote on the ground. Then as they continued asking Him, He said to them, ” Let him who is with no sin among you, be first to throw a stone at her.”

When Jesus stood up and saw no one except the woman He asked where her accusers were, and asked if none had accused her. When she told Jesus that no one accused  her, He said, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”


Prayer thought: The temple is not where one expects to find an adultress, but one was dragged into the temple to see how Jesus would react. We can consider this one of Jesus’ wayside ministries: in addition to worship, He forgave a sinner.


Doris Lisemby