They brought the woman caught in adultery so that Jesus would condemn her (John 8 vs 1-11). Instead, He wrote on the ground. Scholars have it that He wrote their guilts down.
Yes, they were right. She was caught in the act and should die according to the law of Moses. But in declaring her guilty, they were even more guilty than she was.
You accuse her of a sin, but you are guilty of more sins than her. You are not better than her. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Jesus did not judge them, but His words convicted them of their sins, and they left.
How was she better than them; how were they more guilty than her?
1, How many people does it take to commit adultery? Two! Where was the man? Why did they leave the man and took only the woman? It’s because, they were all men. Partiality is a sin they were all guilty of.
2, They came to tempt Jesus Christ. Conspiracy is a sin they were all guilty of.
3, Judge not that thou mayest not be judged. Disobedience is a sin they were all guilty of because Jesus had taught them this earlier.
What if one stubbornly casted the first stone, what would have happened to him? Would he have turned into a stone? Would fire had consumed him? Would the ground have swallowed him up? Would he have just melted away? Thank God that the Holy Spirit, for His mercies sake held them back.
The Holy Spirit saw the logs of wood in their eyes while they were trying to punish the one with a speck of wood on her eyes (Matthew 7 vs 3).
Each time you point accusing finger on someone, know that you are four times more guilty than the person. You are not better than the person you consider the worst sinner. If Paul, who persecuted the church could lay down his life for the church, then NOTHING is impossible with God.
If God as much as opened your eyes to see a brother’s or sister’s weakness, it is not for you to gossip the individual; it is not for you to mock the individual; it is not for you to tarnish the person’s image.
If God shows you one, know that He has given you a task. The task is that you may stand in the gap for the individual.
THE POWER OF INTERCESSION IS THAT YOU RECEIVE FOUR TIMES THE PARDON THAT YOU PRAY TO GOD FOR AN INDIVIDUAL JUST AS YOU RECEIVE FOUR TIMES THE GUILT OF THE ONE YOU ACCUSE.
That is the secret Abraham used (Genesis 18:16-33); Stephen (Acts 7 vs 9) used it because they were wise.
So, which is better, to accuse or to intercede? Jesus was without sin but He was the greatest intercessor because He knew this secret. “Pray for one another…” He enjoined us.
Two people entered the temple to pray, Mr A lowered his head and prayed for mercy and obtained mercy. Mr B knew Mr A’s weaknesses and mocked him rather than pray(intercede) for Mr A. At the end, Mr B left with more guilt and condemnation than he entered the temple at first (Luke 18 vs 10-14).
IT IS MORE GUILTY TO BE AN ACCUSER BUT YOU OBTAIN MORE PARDON AS AN INTERCESSOR.
GOD BLESS YOU.