Monday, July 9, 2012

Sin No More!

 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him,“See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
John 5:14

In this passage, Jesus has just healed a lame man. Many times through the Bible we see Jesus heal people of their physical infirmities, but He cared for so much more than that. He was concerned more with the salvation of the soul.  In fact, he even says in Mark 2:17, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  Christ understood our condition, and ultimately while it was prophesied that the Messiah would come and heal the lame, the blind, the sick; he also would come to forgive us of our sins.
My encouragement today is to keep this in mind as we go on about our lives.  The Lord has blessed us immensely!  We may have a good job, a loving family, a roof over our head, or perhaps he has healed many of us of some sort of disease.  If he has, praise the Lord!  But even more important is that our sins our forgiven.  God has given us the righteousness of His Son, and made us right in His own eyes and given us a chance to spend eternity with Him!  Let us rejoice in that today!  This is the blessed hope that awaits us, despite whatever may go on in our lives!

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