Weekend Message Takeaway: “Put Down Your Stones”

Have You Ever Held a Stone in Your Hand?

Don’t you just want to go off on people every once in a while? Maybe someone cut you off in traffic or in line somewhere—or maybe they made a rude, off-hand remark as they passed you. In those moments, have you ever imagined yourself exploding on them, maybe wanting to throw a rock at them?

This weekend, we continued our series “The King and His Cross” with a fresh look at the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. In this message, Pastor Doug showed us what Jesus wants us to do with our rocks as we examined God’s nature, Christ’s example, and the trappings of our own self-righteousness.

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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:

We Throw Stones When We Feel Threatened (John 7:37–52): Why did the religious leaders feel so threatened by Jesus? Because He challenged their identities as custodians of the faith. If you look back in the Old Testament, you’ll see the Pharisees started out well—they sought to preserve and pass on the law—but somewhere along the path, they lost their way. They became self-congratulatory, exclusive guardians of truth. They believed themselves to be spokespeople for God, so when Jesus came along teaching in a way no one had ever taught before, it challenged their very identity and the way they related to God others. And because self-righteousness has such a blinding effect, they couldn’t see who He truly was.

Throwing Stones Creates a False Sense of Spirituality (John 8:1–6): Why do churches produce so many stone-throwers? So often, we start in love and devotion to God, committing to a life of service to love Him and others . . . but over time, spiritual pride can happen. We can begin to grow disdain for the less devout, for those who we perceive as weak or struggling. We can even begin to look down on others, thereby becoming enslaved by a cold heart without even realizing it.

This is what happened to the Pharisees. They had little joy, imagination, or capacity for love. They could only see what was wrong, not what was possible. And by this time, truthfully, they enjoyed throwing stones; it energized them.

Reflect: Have you ever held a stone in your hand?

Jesus Doesn’t Throw Stones (John 8:6–9): He wants to take your burdens off of your shoulders . . . this includes the hard, heavy stones you carry around with you. He wants to free you of this. He took the stones meant for you, so you can live as one who has been forgiven much and walk in compassion, kindness, empathy, and joy.

Christ didn’t condemn this woman. Instead, He forgave her, showed her compassion, and put her on a new path (“Go and sin no more.”). His words cut to her heart and brought her back to life; they gave her a new identity.

Radical Acceptance Empowers You to Put Down Your Stones (Titus 2:11–12): In this passage, Jesus taught us a very valuable lesson: To accept people is to be for them. He showed us how to accept people, not their sin—acceptance is not the same as approving behavior. He showed the difference between acceptance and tolerance—you could tolerate someone’s lifestyle and still not love them. People need more than tolerance, they need love. That’s why people were drawn to Christ, like a magnet.

Remember, the grace of God has appeared to all. The same grace that freed the woman trapped by her past sin called her to walk free of that sin in the future. As believers, we can walk in this every single day. Let’s ensure that we give others the same opportunity we received by putting down the stones, accepting people, and allowing His love to pour out of us like rivers of living water.

Quote to Remember: Jesus was right about everything, but Jesus did not throw rocks.—Pastor Doug Sauder

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About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.