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Do Not Sin Anymore


John 5: 1-9

When John wrote his gospel most people saw Jesus primarily as a “miracle worker” and that is why they followed Him. (See John 4:48)

But Jesus was not primarily a “miracle worker” and performing miracles was not the primary purpose of His ministry.

And once again, that is what we have here in John 5; another miracle intended to convince us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  So, let’s look at the story.

Here in vs. 1 Jesus comes to Jerusalem; it is feast time (don’t know which feast it is. According to Deut. 16:16 the Jews were to observe 3 major feasts each year) and there by the “sheep gate” (this is the gate in which the sheep used for sacrifices were brought into the city) is a pool called Bethesda (means house of mercy).

Now if you look in your Bible you will see that vs. 3 and 4 are enclosed in parenthesis.

So Jesus comes to this place and in vs. 6 Jesus asks a question to a man that has been sick longer than Jesus has been alive! This man had been sick for 38 years.

Now, do not think that you or anyone else is sick because of some sin you have committed. These bodies are flesh and blood and they simply get sick.

Remember also that there is another force that is active in this world and Satan will do anything to get you to curse God and die.

However, it is true that sin can and sometimes does cause illnesses and injuries; (drinking {the number of lives lost every year because of drinking; marriages; financial ruin; addictions caused by drinking}, immorality {STD’s}, drugs, anger; hatred, jealousy, idolatry, greed – we seldom if ever realize how damaging sin is; it destroys lives; it destroys marriages; it destroys families; it destroys health; it makes people stupid; and ultimately it condemns one to be lost eternally).

But, don’t conclude from this story that as soon as your sins are forgiven (if that is what Jesus did for this man. We are never told if Jesus forgave this man’s sins. But if Jesus did forgive this man’s sins) do not conclude that Jesus is going to miraculously take the physical consequences of your sins away.

Remember again, the primary purpose of this story is to convince us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and by believing that we may have life in His name. The primary purpose is not for people to seek Christ only to get a miracle.

So, Jesus sees this man lying beside the pool and He asks the man “Do you wish to get well?”

Now, vs. 7, look at this man’s response to Jesus: 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.”


Vs. 8: Jesus said to him, “Arise, take up your pallet, and walk.”  9 And immediately the man became well, and took up his pallet and began to walk.

 And you would think that everyone would be astonished and amazed, and excited!

Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 Therefore the Jews (this would be the Jews who opposed Christ) were saying to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.”

But the Jews had added dozens and dozens of restrictions and binding commands to the point that the Sabbath had become oppressive and people couldn’t keep it.

So, these Jews are not happy for this man; they are not impressed with what Jesus has done; and they tell this man that he is violating the Sabbath.

11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Take up your pallet and walk.'”  12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?”  13 But he who was healed did not know who it was; for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place.

Now, look at vs. 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 may befall you.

In Romans 6 the apostle Paul tells those who have been “baptized into Christ Jesus that they have been baptized into Jesus’ death and just as Jesus was raised from the dead, they too, having be buried with Him in baptism, are to walk in newness of life.” (They have a new life in Christ.)

Through Christ and in Christ those followers of Christ that Paul is speaking to have been given a new life, a new beginning. That is something a lot of people would like to have.

Well, those followers of Christ in Romans 6 had a new beginning, and this man in John 5 had a new beginning, and those of us who have been baptized into Christ have a new beginning, and anyone who comes to Christ and is baptized will have a new beginning.

Now, look at vs. 15: The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

But, the reality is, people, perhaps even some who are His followers today, betray Him every day in different ways. Is this man anymore ungrateful than people are today?

Now, vs. 16: And for this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.

17 And He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” 18  For this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God.

So, is Jesus just a miracle worker? Is He a blasphemer? Or is He the Christ, the Son of God?