Text: John 5 (Numbers 27-28)
In John 5, the story of how Jesus had healed a man who had been an invalid for thirty eight years is worthy of attention. In John 5:14 it says;
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
The sequence here is common – Jesus often meets physical needs first, then doubles back to bring spiritual healing. The lame man is made to walk, then told to repent. We have a model to follow here. Jesus’ command over the physical goes right along with His command over the spiritual. When we encounter people in the world who do not know Jesus, how concerned are we about their immediate, physical needs? I know I often race to the spiritual discussion… forgetting that a hurting, hungry or thirsty person may not be ready to listen to Good News quite yet.
Another pattern seen here is that, when we receive grace from the Lord, especially after we have sinned, His grace is not license to sin again. Instead, it is an act of restoration and love designed to allow us to reset the relationship and then to sin no more. Jesus heals, but then says, “Sin no more.” That’s what he calls us all to do.
in Him, Mike