Bible Verse: “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7

Scripture Reading: John 7:53-8:11

Here’s the truth: We are all sexually broken in one way or another.

Take the story in John 7:53 – 8:11. Although this story doesn’t appear in all the ancient manuscripts, it reads like the real Jesus. It embodies the gospel. Leon Morris, in his excellent commentary on John, writes, “Throughout the history of the church it has been held that, whoever wrote [this passage], this little story is authentic.”

In the story, a woman was caught in adultery. The religious leaders hauled her before Jesus as a trap. In verse 7, Jesus says to the religious leaders — the best of the best — “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one they walk away because they know Jesus is right. She was a sexual sinner, and so were they, and so are all of us.

In the 1700s, one of the most brilliant theologians who’s ever lived, Jonathan Edwards, said this: “The humble Christian has so much to do at home and sees so much evil in his own heart and is so concerned about it that he is not apt to be very busy with other hearts. He is apt to esteem others better than himself.” There is so much evil in our own hearts that we really shouldn’t have much time to be busy with condemning others.

More recently, one of the preachers I respect most (Ray Ortlund, Jr.) said this:

I am a sexual sinner. I’m faithful to my wife, not looking at porn, and I am a sexual sinner. If sin were blue, then everything about me, at all levels, all the time, would have at least a tinge of blue, including my sexuality. Same for you. So can we all humble ourselves?

That is the attitude we all need. We’re all sexually broken. If you’re alive, that includes you. We all need God’s grace.

Darryl Dash, founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto, ON

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