“She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
A very informative dialogue happened between Christ and the Pharisees. The Pharisees came to Christ with a woman who was caught in adultery. It is interesting to note that they brought the woman and not the man as well. It would seem that if she was caught in the act of adultery that if they truly wanted to do the right thing, they would have brought the man to Christ as well. However, we know from the Scriptures that this had nothing to do with doing the right thing, but it had everything to do with trying to use this situation to condemn Christ.
Jesus, knowing their evil thoughts, used this incident to teach every believer a valuable lesson about how to treat the fallen. The Pharisees said in verses 4-5, “They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?” Jesus responded by saying that “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Nobody could respond to this statement. The only response they could give was to walk away one by one as their own sins condemned their conscience. When everyone had walked away, Jesus said to this woman, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”
The word “condemn” means to criticize, blame, attack, or to declare unfit. Jesus’ treatment of this situation is a great lesson for every believer on how they should deal with accusation or the guilty. Jesus had three responses to this woman’s situation.
First, Jesus was not saying that she wasn’t guilty. In fact, you will realize that Jesus was admitting that she was guilty without destroying her. When Jesus told those who were without sin to cast the first stone, He was admitting that she had done wrong. Sadly, there are many who feel it is their place to cast stones of words through digital media or gossip about those who have sinned. The egotism and pride it takes for a person to believe they have a right to spread the news of the fallen is simply evil. To think that your sin is not as bad as another’s sin is only a result of your pride. You would not be so quick to spread attack the fallen if you saw your sin the same way that God sees it.
Second, Jesus understood that it was not His place to condemn her. Jesus came to “seek and to save,” and He understood that it is the Father’s place to judge. My friend, to make yourself the one who needs to judge the fallen and spread their sin is to tell God that you are better than He because you know how to better deal with the sinner. Let me make this clear; it is NEVER your place to deal with the fallen if you are not their pastor or in their church. Dealing with the fallen is a local church matter; not a social media matter to show your Pharisaical righteousness to the world.
Third, Jesus would rather restore this woman than He would to destroy her. The character of Christ is not to condemn the fallen, but to give the fallen hope through restoration. Oh for the spirit of Christ in believers today! I am not at all saying that we should cover sin and let it go on without being dealt with, but I am saying you should not attempt to destroy the fallen because of your contempt for them. Let me encourage you to have the spirit of Christ to restore the fallen rather than the spirit of Satan to accuse and destroy them.