Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before the people, they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. In the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test Jesus, so that they might have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When the scribes and Pharisees kept on questioning him, Jesus straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground.
When the scribes and Pharisees heard what Jesus had said, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
When I got to the last line of this passage I could feel the tears coming and one of those jolts to the heart, because I became this woman and Jesus looked at me and loved me. It wasn’t His words; it was His heart that looked at me, into me and through me. Perfect Love said those words and why would I ever want my old life again? Why would I ever return to my old self and my way of living when I had encountered that overwhelming love? I read the words but I didn’t hear them, I sawHim! I saw Him look at me and His heart spoke to mine. No one, not one person in my life has ever looked at me like that. This is heart knowledge; more than intuition, it is truth that is knowable. And it will always be that way, forever and ever through eternity. His love never fails, never ends. I had a flash of insight at the end of this passage and it will stay with me. I will read His words and see His face, because He is The Word. I will fall again and again and I will return to Him, and He will lift me up and say gently and lovingly and with so much compassion in His eyes, that I am His and He is mine.