You saw the crushing weight my flesh deserved
You kneeled and wrote forgiveness in the dirt
And one by one the stones fell where they lay
As one by one my accusers walked away
With nothing left to throw they made a cross
And knowing only love could count the cost
You were there
I love this song and how it recounts the incident in John Chapter 8 from a different perspective, the one from our point of view. The woman caught in the act of adultery is brought before Jesus not only for her trial but also to test Jesus.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. – John 8:3-6
According to the Mosaic law, both parties caught in the act of adultery must be brought forward. But the Pharisees, who supposedly know the laws from cover to cover, turned a blind eye to the man involved in adultery. The needed a scapegoat to test Jesus and being a male-dominated culture, felt the woman would be collateral damage in their pursuit to crucify Jesus.
Jesus started writing on the ground with his finger. What he wrote is a mystery to us but when he got back up he said: “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” After saying those words he went back to writing on the ground. Its a reminder for all of us when we get on our high horse and start criticizing our fellow beings but we forget our own iniquities. Jesus did not come to condemn us but to save us from our sins.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” – John 8:9-11
The validity of this passage has been argued since the 4th Century as the earlier manuscripts do not mention this encounter. The placement of this incident has been much debated with most translations placing this after John Chapter 7, but some placing this incident right before Judas agreed to betray Jesus.
In that context, the words of the songs ring true, that as they threw their stones and departed the place, they started building the cross to crucify Jesus. We are the women caught in sin and Satan is the accuser in chief, asking for God for our heads. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice by taking our place on the cross.