Later, Jesus met the man in the temple and told him, “You are now well. But don’t sin anymore or something worse might happen to you.”
(John 5:14 CEV)
Sin tied him up for thirty-eight years. His only hope was that as he sat by the pool in Bethesda, someone would help him get into the water, which was believed to cure people of their diseases. And when he did finally get the help he needed, he missed his chance because someone always went down ahead of him. Fortunately, of the great number of disabled people who sat by the pool, it’s this man who caught Jesus’ attention. Seeing his frustration, Jesus proceeded to heal him. After being healed, the man went into the temple, most likely to give thanks to God. How couldn’t he? He was finally delivered from his ailment. Finding him there, Jesus warned him, “You are now well. But don’t sin anymore or something worse might happen to you.” Doubtless, the man, who had been sick for so long, took Jesus’ words to heart and didn’t commit the sins that had crippled him for years. Don’t let sin tie up your life. Give it up and experience God’s healing.