Read John 5 today.

Jesus’ confrontation with the religious leaders was developing in this chapter. One of the big issues was related to the sabbath, and Jesus’ interpretation of it. The religious leaders held a very strict interpretation, and this would be one source of conflict.

Jesus healed a man who had been I’ll for 38 years (on the sabbath). It is Jesus’ words to him later that caught my attention in today’s reading. Jesus said, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”

Now you are well, so stop sinning.

If Jesus makes us well, if Jesus forgives us from our sin and its consequences, what should we do next? Stop sinning. I think most would agree this is easier said than done, yet these are Jesus’ words. He did not require the man stop sinning in order to be healed, but Jesus was clear about the man’s next step. And ours. Jesus meets us in our sinfulness, offers us forgiveness and healing, and invites us to walk with Him, apart from sin.

John 5:9-14 NLT
Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, [10] so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!” [11] But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'” [12] “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded. [13] The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. [14] But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”