Saturday, April 9, 2011

No Condemnation

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”  Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman,

“Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
“No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Today, for once, I have nothing really to add.  Jesus says it all -- there is no condemnation in Him.  You are free.

Linking up with Jennifer for Sneak Peek Fridays, this week at (in)courage
and with
Michelle at Graceful for Hear It on Sunday, Use it on Monday.


  1. I often hold on to this thought: The only one who has the right to condemn me...says no.

  2. You know I always love it when you include your art with your writing. It makes your posts even more original, and more you!

    I always loved this story. Why? Maybe I'm hoping people will remember it, and then forget about tossing stones my way.

    You are getting so close to your She Speaks goal! I'm clapping for you right now!

  3. Jen, I love this! Your work is powerful.

  4. Great writing, great artwork, the perfect combo! Blessings!

  5. Profound Jen, but I have "one more thing to add"...Romans 8:1: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!

    Love this verse! And your Lenten journey has been wonderful to follow...


  6. I love the picture. Please, please, please consider making it to sell! I would buy that picture in a heartbeat!

  7. Such a beautiful story...and yet I find myself fascinated by the idea of shame. Even though the crowd may not condemn us, and Jesus does not condemn us, how often do we bury ourselves is stones we throw at ourselves? Thinking on why this is....

  8. I have nothing to add. Just, thank you. Thank you for sharing this with us on (in)courage. :)

  9. aww...this was a beautiful post Jen :)

  10. Lovely, Jen. And I agree with Stephanie about throwing stones at ourselves. Powerful.

  11. Jen, I've been too busy to read blogs lately, and just got caught up with you today. I was blessed by your posts today! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Oh this is exactly what I read this morning! I had a drawing too but it isn't finished yet. Am so glad to have found your blog. Will wander about for a while. Patsy from

  13. Beautiful illustration, Jen, to this truth.


  14. I love your art! It brings it all together.
    This is one of my favorite is so very humbling and hard to accept some times.
    I have missed stopping in! Good to be back ;)

  15. nothing to add...Jen I can't grasp that. Or Him..sometimes He is just wordless. His words are so rich and deep and alive and our mere human words don't even do it justice. Beautiful drawing..I love how you drew her...xo

  16. Beautiful illustration!

    I love how the woman was freed by JESUS...the man involved may think he got away from the stoning that was planned, but he missed being forgiven by GOD...

  17. amen and amen. and i love the drawing...

  18. A beautiful post, Jen. I tried to come earlier, but lo... Della had other plans.

    I'm glad I *had* to try again because since then, I noticed that comment above about throwing stones at ourselves.

    Count me in as another self condemning one.

    There is now NO condemnation means from ourselves too. Loved that reminder.

  19. I love this! Thank you for the reminder!

  20. LOVED this. Such a powerful, and humbling story. Thank you for sharing. Happy Monday!

  21. And I've always wondered what Jesus wrote in the dust.

    You are right...there is nothing to add. I often think of these verses when I step up on my self-righteous soap-box!

  22. Stopping by from SITS. I love this story. It always makes me think about how I can improve myself and be less judgmental of others.

  23. Beautiful picture, tender reminder of His grace.

    Grace covers shame...His grace covers all of me...
    (from Watermark, "Come As You Are")

    Thanks for posting TRUTH, Jen.


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