Go And Sin No More (1)
In John 5:1-15, the Bible records Jesus’ healing of a man who had been at the Pool of Bethesda for 38 years. But because the man was healed on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders objected to it telling the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! It’s illegal to carry that sleeping mat!” (Verse 10, NLT). What a doctrine! But that is not really my focus.
My focus is what Jesus told the healed man when he found him later in the Temple. Jesus told him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (Verse 14, NKJV). That suggests that the man’s sin could have been responsible for the sickness which kept him in bondage for 38 years. Exo. 15:26 says, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you” (NKJV). There are sicknesses caused by sin. So Jesus warned the man that something worse could happen to him if he sinned again. Just imagine something worse than a sickness that lasted 38 years! You need to repent and forsake any sin that has brought sickness into your life. And if you seem to be hale and hearty now, don’t continue in sin until you’re cast into a sickbed.
The woman caught in adultery
In the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8, Jesus told the woman a similar thing – “go and sin no more.” Verses 10-11 say, “When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more’” (NKJV).
Sin is not something to be treated with levity. It has been rightly said that sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay?
Sin will cost you your soul. If you ask Samson, a man with unrivalled physical strength but unfortunate moral weakness, he will tell you. The highpoint of his moral weakness was his involvement with Delilah, a woman from the Valley of Sorek, which led to his arrest and humiliation by his enemies. It ultimately resulted in the abrupt end of his life’s assignment and indeed his premature death (Judg. 16).
Sin is a serious thing. So serious that the sacrifice of blood of animals, as was the practice in the Old Testament, could not permanently atone for it and God had to send His Son, Jesus, to die for the sins of the world; Jesus the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29). He is the sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 2:2 says, “He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world” (NLT).
All unrighteousness is sin (1 John 5:17).The consequence of sin is huge. The Bible says the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). The soul that sins shall die (Eze. 18:20). And because all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God, all was supposed to die. But God sent His Son to die for the sins of the world (Rom. 3:23). Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matt 1:21). He died on the cross to save you and me from our sins (Rom. 5:8). Therefore, through Jesus Christ, we can receive forgiveness of sin (Luke 5:20-25). Have you received forgiveness for your sins through Christ Jesus? Are you born again?
I’ll stop here today and continue next week. You must be born again, and if you are, go and sin no more.
If you want to be born again, kindly say this prayer now: “0 Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I’m a sinner and I can’t save myself. I repent of and forsake my sins. Please forgive me. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent and confess my sins. I confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and surrender my life to him today. I invite Jesus into my heart today. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you Jesus for saving me and making me a child of God.”
I believe you’ve said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You’ll need to join a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, soul-winning church in your area where you’ll be taught how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I’ll be glad to hear from you.