A look at John 5:1-15
The Healing at Bethesda
5 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] 5 A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He (Jesus) said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” 9 Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.
Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.”11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?” 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Matthew Henry’s commentary on Bible Gateway – The misery we were made whole from warns us to sin no more, having felt the smart of sin; the mercy we were made whole by is an engagement upon us not to offend him who healed us. This is the voice of every providence, Go and sin no more. This man began his new life very hopefully in the temple, yet Christ saw it necessary to give him this caution; for it is common for people, when they are sick, to promise much, when newly recovered to perform something, but after awhile to forget all. He gives him warning of his danger, in case he should return to his former sinful course: Lest a worse thing come to thee. Christ, who knows all men’s hearts, knew that he was one of those that must befrightened from sin. Thirty-eight years’ lameness, one would think, was a thing bad enough; yet there is something worse that will come to him if he relapse into sin after God has given him such a deliverance as this, Ezra 9:13, 14. The hospital where he lay was a melancholy place, but hell is much more so: the doom of apostates is a worse thing than thirty-eight years’ lameness.
A Christ-given renewed life is a fresh start that leads to two eternally different paths – heaven or hell (Matthew 7:13-14). In John 5:14, Christ warns that the sinful path leads to something far, far worse than the severity we’ve experienced during this life – hell, and eternal damnation. After God heals you of a terminal or serious illness, it might be too easy to fall back into your old sinful ways. The same principle applies to salvation too. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says in Christ you are a new creation – made new in Him. Healing and salvation are two types of new Christ-given life. It is important to note that our trials, and temptation to sin do not lessen when Christ renews our lives (1 Peter 4:12, James 1:2-4). The ways of personal comfortability, immoral pleasure, and self-gratification beckon us every second. Christ gives us the strength and power to overcome just as He has overcome these things also (John 16:33).
When Christ gives us new life (healing or salvation) we should:
Identify Gifts: acknowledge all Jesus has done for us.
Stay Humble: don’t take Jesus’ gifts for granted.
Take Action: work diligently to do the Will of God.
Music that speaks – watch “Jason Gray – I Am New” on YouTube: http://youtu.be/-w6YG2NZguc
Have a wonderful day and may God bless you always.
Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory