But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 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. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”
She said, “No one, Lord.”
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Jesus Faces Pilate
Immediately, in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.”
And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing. Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!” But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.
Taking the Place of Barabbas
Now at the feast he (PIlate) was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested. And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion. Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them. But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them. Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”
Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?”
But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”
So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.
In Light of the political climate right now and mourning for those that were murdered on 9/11 and all the other injustice and pain all over the world, I am reminded of the light among the darkness. There is always a sense of relief when the murderer is destroyed, but it's death upon death and darkness upon darkness. Only the light can cast away the darkness. I believe that Jesus was who He he said he was. He is the way, the truth and the life.
Whatever deception Osama Bin Laden bought into defined his life and death and for that my heart is heavy, not relieved. I know if I stood in front of him he would have probably killed me too, but perhaps this is apart of the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ - there is no sting in death for those who believe in Him.
Todays news casts are more tragic than ever. Death upon death, darkness upon darkness, blood for blood. I am so sorry if you lost someone during this war or at any point. I can't imagine what it would feel like. Miscarrying was hard enough. My heart aches for you and for the middle east and all the families that have lost so much as well because of this war.
I am of no political party and of no denomination. I just really believe what Jesus said.
This post was not meant to offend anyone or accuse any particular party of any particular thing. I find the words of gospels compelling. I had to share.