"And they heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst"
A Greek philosopher, Sophocles, once said: "No accuser so powerful as conscience". The statement summarizes the plight of the Jewish elders that brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus. Her accusers wanted Jesus to order that the woman be stoned to death as it was written in the laws of Moses.
The wisdom of Jesus rattled them. The Lord Jesus, whose sole aim of coming to the world is to rescue the lost, declined their request. He could see hypocrisy standing tall in their hearts. They were accusing the woman of the sin they too were not free from. So, Jesus allowed their conscience to judge them as he said, "...... He that is without sin among you, let Him first cast a stone at her". Convicted of their hypocrisy by their consciences, they all left one after the other. Though their consciences judged them of their own sins, they did not repent before Jesus. Are you like the scribes and the pharisees who accuse others of sin, yet they too are sinners? Repentance sets guilty consciences free.
QUOTE: Repentance sets guilty consciences free
CHALLENGE: Conscience acts as the police of the heart.