Jesus hates a religious trap, but he loves a good puzzle. In John 8, Jesus gets both. Trapped by the religious experts of his day and asked to offer the greenlight on the stoning of an adulterous woman, Jesus puzzles his way out to see the woman, the Pharisees, and to demonstrate the powerful grace and mercy of God. Jesus’ small and subtle acts interrupt an effort to instrumentalize someone’s humanity to the point of death, and they release people from having blood on their hands. What can we learn from Jesus about how to turn traps into puzzles we give to God for Spirit-led action?
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