Jesus’ last words to the woman caught in adultery were, “Go and sin no more.”
What in the world did He mean?
Before we get to that let’s review a few key points of Jesus’ actions from the post/video “Huge Meanings Why Jesus Stooped Wrote On The Ground and Raised Up Jn 8:2-11”
Jesus stooped down – Jn 8:6,8
- ‘stooped’ – Greek bend, bow the head
- He put Himself in a weak position
- Jesus became vulnerable
- made Himself lower than the woman caught in adultery, thereby making her above Him (remember He came to lift us up to our original exalted position in Him – Eph
- He was identifying with the woman who was being shamed, put down, and accused
- by bowing His head in essence He was cowering, like one would do if fearful and ready to be harmed. He was identifying with this woman.
- He even put Himself lower than the accusers and essentially implying stone Me! I will take the blows for all your accusations towards her.
Jesus wrote on the ground – Jn 8:6,8
- Greek ‘on’ – properly, into – literally ‘motion into which implying penetration’, union, to a particular purpose or result
- by writing in the dirt He was prophetically showing His oneness with humanity. The Creator of mankind became flesh and penetrated the dirt from whence we came. A prophetic union had taken place!
- Getting His hand ‘dirty’ showed He had no aversion to mankind.
- Greek for ‘ground’ means earth, soil, land, inhabitants of a region. It is also the same word used to describe Adam/mankind, i.e. “of the earth” (1Cor 15:47)
Jesus raised Himself up – Jn 8:7,10
- ‘raised’ – Greek raised Myself, look up, am elated
- a picture of His resurrection after He had stooped to identify with mankind
- in raising Himself up Jesus got face to face, eye to eye – not only with the accusers the first time, but then with the woman caught in adultery. In those connections He was demonstrating to them their worth, their true identity, and the relational essence of their being with God.
- a picture of the Godhead’s elation over the restoration and reconciliation that They knew was coming. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross. (Heb 12:2)
Note: when Jesus called her ‘Woman’, He was using a word that also means wife or my lady. He was referring to her with respect. There is even an implication of the Bride of Christ with this word.
Religion’s ‘Go and sin no more’ meaning
- Sober up.
- Don’t you dare blow it again.
- I have high expectations of you, in fact I demand perfection.
- You need to try harder.
- Don’t disappoint Me.
- For all I’ve done for you, now you owe Me.
- I don’t condemn you this time, but if there is a next time don’t expect such leniency.
- It’s moral behavior I want, so be good.
Remember – Jesus prefaced “Go and sin no more” with “Neither do I condemn you.”
Neither in the Greek is a big word. It means – neither indeed, not even, moreover not. It introduces a statement whose negation totally invalidates and rules out the statement that precedes it.
In other words, Jesus is saying ‘no condemnation allowed from anyone’ – even though the law says there should be condemning consequences, even death!
Jesus’ ‘Go and sin no more’ meaning
Therefore My lady –
go (Greek – move from one destination to another, depart from here and reach a particular destination)
and (indeed, even, moreover, also)
from (away from)
now (just at hand, immediately, now in light of what has gone before)
no more (no longer)
sin (without a part, a share; properly having no share in, without substance or form)
My loose translation based on insight into the Greek words:
‘My lady, your destination is not to be stoned, you have a better destination. Go away from what is at hand. Go away from what just transpired with all its accusations and legal requirements. You have a particular destination to reach so move to it. Leave the past behind. No longer be without your part and share of what I have for you. Stop believing lies about yourself. Repent, change your way of thinking. No longer stoop to a lesser identity. I did not make you to be formless but to have substance – to have significance, value, respect. Be who you really are! You belong and we are one! I rose up to show you how elated I am over you. So go your way, free to be all I made you to be. I made you for fullness of being – being My fullness in your own unique way!’
Can you just imagine the transformation that happened to that woman? She encountered the God of the universe, the God whose name the religious people would not even pronounce, the God who looked just like her – looking her in the face, eyes to eyes – saying in essence I love you, I value you, never will I condemn you, go and be who you really are.
Hmm, did she walk away with her head held high, a smile on her face, a skip in her step, and her eyes bright with who she really was? I’m thinkin’ so. She just faced truth and heard truth that set her free – free indeed! Gosh, imagine what all those accusers and onlookers thought of that?!
- No matter what wrongs you do or mistakes you make, God will never ever condemn you. He specifically came to show you how valuable you are to Him, that you have always been precious, and never deserving of condemnation and judgment. By the way – sin was judged, not mankind. (Jn 3:17 Jer 31:3 Heb 9:26 Heb 10:10)
- You are never stuck in sin. Begin to realize He lifted you out of that formless place. Go and grow in revelation of the beauty of your being that began before time began – and BE IT! (1Tim 1:9,10)
- Jesus ‘stooped’ below us in order to ‘raise’ us up to His level. Oh the glory of His inheritance in us! (Rom 4:25 Eph 2:6 Eph 1:18)