Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue.
Meanwhile, the leading priests and Pharisees had publicly ordered that anyone seeing Jesus must report it immediately so they could arrest him.
But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council together.“ What are we going to do?” they asked each other.“ This man certainly performs many miraculous signs.
As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.“ Teacher,” they said to Jesus,“ this woman was caught in the act of adultery.The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said,“ All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
Then the Pharisees said to each other,“ There’s nothing we can do. Look, everyone has gone after him!”