The story of the woman caught in adultery is so powerful ( John 8:3-11 ). Jesus once again turning the established order of things in their head. But I have often wondered what happens next….
I am alive, I can’t understand how I am still alive. The silence around me is as frightening as the noise was just a few minutes ago. Did I really hear someone say
“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” ?
Slowly I look up. They have gone , my accusers have left nothing but stones forming a rough but incomplete ring surrounding me. The man who had spoken is the only one left.
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
Looking around again in amazement I realise that there really is no one else left.
“No one, Lord.”
The man looks at me, His eyes carry the joy and sorrow of eternity. I am caught in the gaze, time stands still. He is speaking again.
“Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
The stone drops from His hand gently hitting the ground and completing the circle. Overwhelmed, I cannot understand my own feelings……..
I should be dead, no one will want me to stay here. My own family will treat me like the outcast that I am. I feel forgiven, completely, this man has liberated me from my past, but what future can I possibly have?
He is turning to leave, without thinking I speak again, “Lord, where will I go?”. Smiling he holds out his hand and gently leads me out of the circle of hate, “Follow me”.