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John 7:53-8:11 – Sin and the Savior

My sermon notes from Sunday, Oct. 1st as we continue our study through The Gospel of John. Remember, these are my study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit

John 7:53- 8:1-11

Sin and the Savior


This section dealing with the adulteress most likely was not a part of the original contents of John. External manuscript evidence representing a great variety of textual traditions is decidedly against its inclusion, for the earliest and best manuscripts exclude it. Many manuscripts mark the passage to indicate doubt as to its inclusion. Significant early versions exclude it. No Greek church father comments on the passage until the twelfth century. The vocabulary and style of the section also are different from the rest of the Gospel, and the section interrupts the sequence of verse 52 with 8:12ff. Many, however, do think that it has all the earmarks of historical veracity, perhaps being a piece of oral tradition that circulated in parts of the Western church, so that a few comments are in order. In spite of all these considerations of the likely unreliability of this section, it is possible to be wrong on the issue; and, thus, it is good to consider the meaning of this passage and leave it in the text, just as with Mark 16:9–20. (John MacArthur, Commentary and Study Bible)


While the authenticity of the event may be in questions, I believe and trust in the providence of God and see great truths to be learned from the passage.  We can learn much about sin, our motives, and forgiveness.


 A Running Commentary of the Text


7:53-8:6a – The women caught in sin


[53] They went each to his own house, [1] but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. [2] Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. [3] The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst [4] they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. [5] Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” [6] This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him.


6b-9 – The deceit of their heart

Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. [7] And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” [8] And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. [9] But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.



10-11 – The forgiveness of the Savior

[10] Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” [11] She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]]


What about us.  What can we learn from the text?  The what now.

God is a holy God and His judgement burns against sin. Sin is wrong and will always be wrong.  (The measuring rod is God’s holiness)

When dealing with personal and corporate sin… condemnation should not be our goal, but redemption.

Jesus knows our heart, thoughts, and motives. Therefore, our true heart, thoughts, and motives are always bare before Christ.

Jesus Christ is where justice and mercy meet. While just in His dealings He is full of compassion and Care…..Come to Him and receive forgiveness of sin… and go and sin no more.


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