Jesus told the woman taken in adultery that He did not condemn her, though the law said He must. He then told her to go and sin no more. It’s my opinion that she was forgiven at that point. Jesus forgave sins and the religious leaders called it blasphemy, for He made himself equal with God – only God could forgive transgressions of the law.

The woman went her way, set free. Did she break the law again? I’m  sure she did. We know that it is impossible to keep it. Jesus was not laying an impossible burden on her, but was instead freeing her.


Then there is the crippled man. Jesus told him to take up his bed and walk. He was healed, but didn’t know who it was that healed him. So then Jesus found him in the temple and told him to go and sin no more, lest a worse thing happen to him.


I think it was important for this man to know he too was forgiven of his transgressions  because Jesus then told him that he was made whole. In the Jewish mind, whole that meant saved and delivered as well as physically healed.

The Jews also thought that being a cripple meant that someone had sinned, parents or the person, to bring this punishment upon someone. Jesus told the man he was whole. Being whole, he could go his way, not transgressing and not subject to some other “punishment”.

It’s all in how you read it and understand it, through the finished work of Christ.  

So the man went his way, forgiven. He sinned no more because, like the woman, Jesus had the power on earth to forgive. When Jesus forgave, it was total. Those whom He forgave were free before the cross, just as we are free from any condemnation after the cross. The timing means little in God’s view and plan.