In the DIG yesterday I wrote about the woman at the well and told you how this account highlighted the compassion of Jesus.
His encounter with a second woman also shows us how compassionate Jesus is.
In the Gospel of John we see Jesus having a woman taken in the act of adultery thrown at His feet; this was a trap trying to snare Jesus (John 8 v 3 to 4).
Jesus however is only interested in the woman at His feet, being filled with compassion for her.
Jesus did not care about her ‘crime’ and He did not even seem concerned about her sin.
After confronting the crowd He asked the woman if any man condemned her.
She said no and then Jesus spoke out some of the greatest words of compassion that He uttered in His time on earth.
He said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8 v 11).
Jesus recognised that sin was not good for her, yet He forgave her and accepted her before He said anything about sin.
He showed her compassion and mercy and then spoke about sin; the order we see in this verse is very important.
Jesus is more concerned in showing us mercy and compassion than He is in our sin.
In this He is similar to God, who has in fact chosen to remember our sin and iniquity no more (Hebrews 10 v 17).
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus, and thank you that this changes lives”.
John 8 v 11…..She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more