“Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.” John 8:9
John 8:1-12 is the story of the adulteress who is brought before Jesus. It’s very interesting how it’s specifically noted here that the oldest left first & the youngest left last when it came to matters of the conscience. It seems that the older you get the more aware you are of your sin. When you are young you see very little fault in yourself, you think you know it all & have it all together. I am finding that the older I get the more I realise my faults & sins – I would NEVER have seen all the things I see in myself now when I was younger. Also it seems that perhaps the younger people in verse 8 were more judgemental of this woman & the older people realised that they couldn’t judge so harshly because they were more aware of their own sin. What do you think, do you find that the older you get the less judgemental you become & the more aware you are of your own sin? Or do you perhaps have a different view on this verse?
Only when we start to see what we have done will be able to see what He has done.