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Woman Caught in Adultery

Woman Caught in Adultery

Sep 29, 2019

Passage: John 8:1-11

Preacher: Michael Grigsby

Series: Encounters

Category: Love, Grace, Truth


Title:Woman caught in Adultery

Text: John 8:1-11 NIV


            Good morning RSCC! I am extremely excited about the series we are in, because I believe whole-heartedly that the best way for us to learn how to live and love like Jesus is to look at the life of Jesus.


            That is exactly what we are doing in this series. We are going to be looking at 4 of my favorite personal encounters Jesus had with individuals throughout his earthly ministry. WK-1 Woman at the well, wk-2 the Man with leprosy, last week we looked at the Roman centurion, and this morning we are going to look at my favorite encounter with Jesus the Woman caught in adultery. (John 8:1-11)


            There have been times when I would say something along the lines of “that’s a sermon for another day.” Today is that day for this poor woman.  We are going to take a birds-eye view at this encounter with Jesus to see how it impacted her life, but more importantly for us; how this interaction SHOULDaffect our lives today.          






            While waiting at the airport for her plane to begin boarding, a woman sat reading a newspaper. Earlier, she had purchased a package of cookies in the airport snack shop to eat after she got on the plane. Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed that the man sitting next to her was eating a cookie. She looked down and noticed that her package of cookies had been opened and the man was eating them.


            The woman couldn’t believe that the man would have such nerve as to eat her cookies while sitting right next to her. So she wouldn’t lose all of her cookies to the man, she slowly reached over, took a cookie, and ate one herself. To her amazement, the man continued to eat more cookies. Getting more and more irritated, the woman removed all but one cookie from the package and ate them.


            At that point, the man reached down and took the last cookie. Before eating it, though, he broke it in half and left half of the cookie for the woman. This made the woman so angry she grabbed the empty package with the half cookie and crammed it in her purse.

Then, to her shock, she noticed that there in her purse was her unopened package of cookies.


            This morning we’re going to talk about “Dropping Rocks and How to Accept Others.” You see, sometimes we find it so easy to judge others, or cast the blame on somebody else, when the cold hard truth is that God wants us to accept others and love them for who they are.


            So, I want you to see four truths today that are going to put you on your way to being a better accepter. Let’s dig in. The first thing you need to do to accept others is open up.


  1. Open Up

            Lets look at 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 “11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.12 We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. 13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.” NIV.


            Paul had ministered to the Corinthians and he had been very open to them, sharing his thoughts and his life with them. But they hadn’t been quite as open to Paul. They kept secrets, they didn’t tell him completely what had been going on in their church. Paul notices and what’s his advice? OPEN UP! We can use that same advice today cant we?


            It may not mean laying all our cards on the table and telling everybody everything, but it does mean, don’t shut anybody out. If a door is closed, no one can get in unless it is opened. It’s a door with only one handle, and that handle is on the inside. The door can only be opened from the inside, and unless it is opened, no one can get in. So, to accept others, first means you have to let them in.




            We have to open up our “circle” and accept others. What does it mean to accept others? Accept in this connotation means to receive willingly, or give admittance or approval to. Accept means to allow others to come into our group and shower them with love and affection.


            Every piece will fit into the puzzle. Everyone else should accept every person. Right now, people even in this room may feel like they’ve been shut out, but this can’t be. We have to Open Up, and be willing to receive everybody. Ok, so once you Open Up, people can come in the door. The next thing you have to do to accept others is Don’t Be Hatin’. It’s really easy to find a fault in somebody. It’s a bit harder to look past the fault and love them anyway.


  1. Don’t Be Hatin’

Flip over to the book of Matthew 7:1-5, ““Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” NIV.



            You’ve heard the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” And that’s true; you can’t honestly know everything about a person by what they look like on the outside. If any of you watched American Idol, you know what I’m talking about. The first time you saw Clay Aiken, you’d immediately think, “What a geek!” but the kid sang like an angel. Or if you looked at Ruben Studdard, you’d just see some guy that’s watched too many episodes of “Fat Albert,” but he won the whole shebang.


            It’s easy to look at somebody, see something you don’t like and turn and walk away. Isn’t it? This is real, isn’t it? When I used to date, I’d go out with a girl until I found something wrong with her. For one, it might be that she talked too much. For another, it could be that her breath stunk. For yet another, I found out that she cut her pizza into little pieces and stuck them in the back of her mouth so her front teeth didn’t get stained. For others, I wouldn’t even think about going out with them because they “weren’t my type,” otherwise meaning, “I’m not attracted to them.”


            Although I wouldn’t necessarily “date” certain girls, that doesn’t mean I have to hate their guts and never hang around with them and not be their friend. But for me, it was easy to find a fault in the girls I’d date, and even easier to find fault in girls I wouldn’t date. But the tough thing is looking past somebody’s faults and accepting them no matter what.




            When I met Jaime and started dating her, I just knew she didn’t have any faults. But the more you get to know someone; those faults just automatically show up. She’s got a few, and I have enough for both of us. But it takes a real commitment to look past those faults and love me anyway.


            If your commitment to Christ is anywhere near where it should be, you’ll accept others no matter what they look like on the outside, no matter what kind of moles or birthmarks they have; it doesn’t matter how they fix their hair or even if they don’t have any hair. It doesn’t matter if they pick their nose or use a Kleenex, you can accept people for who they are.


            So, the first key is Open Up. The second key is Don’t Be Hatin’. The third key is Drop Your Weapon. We’ve just spent a good amount of time here talking about how easy it is to judge others, and you may have gone that far. But before you do anything drastic, drop your weapon.


  1. Drop Your Weapon

Lets look at our key versus this morning in John 8:1-11, “but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”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. 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.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.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.” NIV.


            So the Pharisees catch this woman in the act of adultery. Now, how exactly do you “catch” somebody in the act of adultery? Can we say, “peeping?” Yeah. That’s exactly what happened. I picture two of the rookie Pharisees being sent out to catch somebody doing something bad so they can test Jesus. That is exactly what is going on here. This poor woman is being used as a pawn in the Pharisees game.


            So lets play this scenario out real quick. Here they are going from house to house, and one is lifting the other up over the fence to see what’s going on. Then he sees it. So he covers his face and says, “Wow, you have GOT to see this!” And after a few minutes of “Spyvision” TV, these Pharisees break up the party, and bring out the woman. Well, what happened to the man? Who was the man? Could he have been a Pharisee? Maybe, it’s likely, that he may have been and that’s why he wasn’t even mentioned.

            Now they bring this woman out, who’s embarrassed to say the least because she’s probably half-naked, if not completely naked, and they make her stand here in the middle of the city. They say, “The law says stone this woman,” at which point we hear roars and screams of the crowd and they all pick up a rock, “but what do you say, Jesus?”


            Jesus starts doodling in the dirt. And they keep pestering him about this woman. So he says, “Whoever is without sin, he can throw the first rock.” Then he kneels down and plays in the dirt some more.


            This time, I think he’s probably writing some of the sins of the Pharisees. Well, all of a sudden, we hear “Thud.” Then another “thud,” “thud, thud thud, thud,” as all the people around are dropping rocks and walking away, until no one is left but Jesus and the woman.


            The Pharisees had all decided that it was their job to punish the sinner, the one who was just found at fault. They were ready as ever to throw rocks at her until she was dead. But once they were reminded that not one of them was perfect, they quickly dropped their weapons. They dropped their weapons. Before you even think about condemning anyone else, look at yourself and then drop your weapon. The fourth key to accepting others is Show A Little Grace.





  1. Show A Little Grace

            John 8:10-11, “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.” NIV.


            Jesus was the only one that could have legitimately thrown a rock at her. He said the one without sin could throw the first rock. Well, He was the only one that fit that description. Yet, what did He do?


            Did he stand up and stick his finger in her face and give her the “What were you thinking” lecture? Did he grab a rock and say, “Oh yeah, you’re gonna die for that.” No, he said, “Where’d everybody go? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “Nobody.” Then he says, “Well, neither do I. Go and don’t sin anymore.”


            Now, that’s grace. When the law called for death, Jesus gave life. When everybody said die, Jesus showed grace. He gave her something she didn’t deserve, and you know what, some people you may think deserve to be made fun of because they didn’t know the answer to the most obvious question. Some people you may think deserve to be hit in the back of the head because they laughed at you when you weren’t trying to be funny. Some people you may think deserve to be cussed out because they cut you off in traffic. Try this, show a little grace.


            Give them something you don’t think they deserve. Give them grace. Instead of making fun of somebody, instead of hitting him in the head, instead of cussing her out, instead of giving a noogie, show a little grace by saying, “You know what, I love you, please don’t do that again.”


            People need grace. You and I need grace. The reality is that God has shown us grace time and time again. You and I have messed up more times than we can count on our hands and our feet, yet God forgives us every time. He never condemns us. His word says in Romans 8:1-2, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree from the law of sin and death.” NIV.


            That means He looks past our faults, and He sees our needs. He’s seen our need for acceptance. He’s accepted us and shown us more than a little grace, the least we can do is show grace to others.


            In a world where rejection is the majority, let’s reverse the standard and offer an atmosphere of acceptance. Let’s accept people for who they are, not what they look like. Let’s accept people regardless of there past. Let’s look beyond the outside and attempt to get to know the inside. And even if the inside isn’t what you like, accept others regardless of their flaws and mistakes. Open Up. Don’t Be Hatin’. Drop Your Weapon. Show A Little Grace.