Our lives are never seamless but they are worthy of a seamless book
John 8 v 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group…
So yesterday we apparently, seamlessly moved into the preparation for this new story.
7 v53 Then they all went home …
8 v 1-2 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.
However, this story is in effect not seamless at all.
From 7 v25 till v52 John describes the division over the identity of Jesus and then from v12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people …” John continues with further disputes over Jesus’ testimony. From John’s point of view this is the seamless narrative not the move into the story of the adulteress.
In fact without going into depth, John probably didn’t write the story. It was probably written later but John did say there were other stories that he didn’t have space to write about and this is probably one of them.
Anyway, something for us to think about before we do delve into the story is this: Our life is never seamless. Oh that it was!
Our lives are full of ‘I never saw that coming stories and events’; shocks and surprises; waking up and the day turns on its head and everything changes; questions commence: Why? Why did that happen? Why did it happen then? It may just happen today.
However, our lives do tell a story, a gospel story of how despite the interruptions we face which we constantly respond and react to, continues to read well. You see there is a master scriptwriter who is writing a masterpiece of our story. He seems to seamlessly weave the stories into our narrative and though not perfect it does become a good read.