“Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
11 She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:2-12
Our Bible study included the above passage today. One question asked us to list the characteristics of Jesus that we saw in this well known encounter with the woman caught in adultery. One characteristic that we call saw was Jesus’ compassion. One member was so blessed by how Jesus “stooped down” while everyone else was towering over this woman in judgement. One person stated that they did not seem to see the woman but only her sin.
Now listen, I realize that there are a thousand lessons in this passage. There is the opportunity for much ‘selah’ but for today, it is the stooping down that grabs my heart as well. This true story is the perfect illustration of what Jesus did for all of mankind. Philippians 2 describes it like this:
“…have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, He made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Absolutely amazing grace, the ‘so love’ of God! The Holy, Righteous, Pure, and Perfect God, making Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, BEING MADE IN HUMAN LIKENESS. AND BEING FOUND IN APPEARANCE AS A MAN…yep, that’s a stoop down!
But that’s not all…Jesus stooped down even further when He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross. A stoop down that should cause every true believer to shout Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! What love and compassion for the world, for you and for me! Hebrews 12 tells us, for the joy set before Him [Jesus] endured the cross, scorning its shame to bring many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10).
God stooping down to bring salvation to man!
Jesus said, “ No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord (John 10:18a).”
“9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave Him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11