Throwing Stones (or Not)

Lately when I get thinking about the Bible I find my thoughts drifting to Nicodemus. I would like to learn more about him beyond the snapshots presented in the Bible. As I’ve attempted to dig deeper in the Bible to find out more about what made him tick I found myself reading John 8 in a way I’ve never read it before.

Anyone who’s done just a little bit of Bible study is probably familiar with the story: An adulterous woman gets dragged to Jesus by the religious leaders of Jesus’s day and they try to trap Jesus by asking him for his thoughts on stoning her. Jesus replied that whoever is without sin should throw the first stone. The religious elite responded by walking away.

In reading the story, the application of the lesson to be learned most often drifts to the religious scholars and Pharisees, and to the woman. But reading it lately I’ve found my attention focused on this thought. Jesus clearly said (as translated in The Message version of the Bible), “The sinless one among you, go first: Throw the stone.” Who’s the sinless one? Jesus, of course! Did he throw a stone? No, even though he had every right to!

This story ties in nicely with Romans 8:1 which says, “…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

I find myself regretting throwing stones in the past, and will do my best to replace stones of condemnation with gentle nudges based in the love of Jesus.

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