The religious leaders seek to entrap Jesus and bring to him a woman caught in the very act of adultery demanding that she be stoned. But Jesus responds with mercy rather than judgment.
Jesus is a Man of compassion and mercy triumphs over judgment.
- Think about a time where you were “caught with your hand in the cookie jar” – when your sin was exposed for others to see.
How did you feel?
What did you want more than anything at that moment?
- Put yourself in this scene.
What would be the emotions of the woman as she is “caught in the act” of adultery?
If you were standing in the crowd what would you be thinking?
- What is the question the Scribes and Pharisees ask Jesus?
Is there a way Jesus can answer the question without giving his accusers additional support for their case against him?
- If Jesus agreed with the Pharisees that the woman should be stoned, how would that answer have given the Pharisees additional charges against him?
- If He suggested that the woman be let go and forgiven, how would that have given the Pharisees additional charges against him?
- Why was Jesus’ response the absolute best response He could have given in this situation?
- Why do you think it’s so natural for people to assume that God is quick to judge and condemn them?
To what extent has that assumption shaped your relationship with God?
- Read Romans 8:1-2 and Matthew 7:3-5.
How does this help you face some of the sins that you struggle with?
- One of the messages we get from this piece of history is that Jesus accepts you just as you are.
Does that free you to change?
Or does it give you license to sin?
- Is there someone in your life that you have trouble forgiving?
How can your small group help you?