Vs. 5, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” We see Jesus in conflict with the Jewish leaders and are presented a series of contrasts. With the woman caught in adultery: If He set the woman free, He violated Moses’ law…if He had her stoned, He could not claim to be one who forgives sins. We also see Jesus remind them of two births…the birth into sin and new birth into eternal life (vs. 21-30). Jesus compares slaves to sin vs. freedom as a son (vs. 31-40), children of satan (demon-possessed) vs. being children of God (vs. 41-47) and honoring God vs. the dishonor the Jews gave (vs. 48-59).
Regarding application…Slaves or Children. Vs. 35, “Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.” From the beginning of our lives, we have been shackled by the chains of sin. In Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”…I remember watching that Christmas classic on TV and vividly remembering the scene where Jacob Marley’s ghost comes floating into Scrooge’s home. The ominous sounds of chains clanking and dragging were pretty scary back then. The long chains represented all of Jacob Marley’s selfishness, greed and sin throughout his life. And that is exactly what we carried and sometimes still carry in our lives today. We were freed from the bondage of sin on the cross, yet sometimes we revert back to our sinful ways. Jesus took those chains off our backs to give us rest and salvation…Let’s do our best to stop acting like slaves and start living like children of God!