You probably know the story of the woman caught in adultery from John 8:1-11. What do you think that story is really about? I believe that it’s about compassion and grace, above all else. And, I’m pretty sure that the key to understanding it is found in one detail regarding the order in which the woman’s accusers abandoned their case.
Jesus challenges us just as he challenged those men who tried to set a trap for him by dragging this woman before him and asserting that, if he was serious about his obedience to God, then he ought to understand the need to execute this terrible sinner immediately. Jesus’ answer was not what they expected, surely.