They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
Don’t you find it remarkable Jesus didn’t leave behind one written word! John 8:6 is the only indication of Jesus writing anything and we can assume whatever he wrote in the sand soon disappeared.
If you were God’s son, wouldn’t you leave behind a signed document outlining your wishes for your followers?
Not a single word. No signature. What do you make of that, especially in light of the church’s fixation with written words, with its many versions of Bibles from its manuscripts, with its grand talk about the Word of God, with its frequent dishonesty about its scripture?
Some scholars, like John Dominic Crossan, indicate Jesus most likely was illiterate, despite stores which depict Jesus as reading scripture. More recent scholarship questions the level of ancient illiteracy others assume. Regardless, surely God could have equipped his son with the ability to write. If not, what does that indicate for the church and its words and its approach to its book, the Bible?
He left no written words behind. Mainly he left behind oral stories about healing, friendships with the marginalized, disputes with religious leaders, a cross, and Easter resurrection joy.