Do You Want to Stay Sin-Sick? Part 5 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 50)

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TEXT: John 5:12-15

12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 50.

Peter Kreeft said, “If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever. If your life is only Christlessness, then your death will be only more Christlessness, forever. That’s not fundamentalism, that’s the law of non-contradiction.”

Although Jesus had healed the sick man, He was not through with him yet. There was still something very important that Jesus wanted to get across to him.

The healed man is confronted by the religious authorities who want to know about the man who healed him and told him to pick up his bed on the Sabbath. But the healed man realizes that he doesn’t know where Jesus went. The Bible tells us that Jesus “conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.” “Conveyed” has a sense of discreetly moving from one place to another. For some reason, at this particular time and location, Jesus did not want to get caught up in a healing crusade, so He left the area after healing the man.

However, Jesus feels the need to go back and seek this man out again. One commentator, W. Hall Harris III, states that the reason might be because the man seems to display a frightening level of naivety when compared with others whom Jesus healed”. Harris goes on to say “the sick man’s grumbling about the ‘whippersnappers’ who outrace him to the water betrays a chronic inability to seize opportunity, a trait reflected again in his oblique response to Jesus’ offer of a cure. The fact that he had let his benefactor slip away without even asking his name is another instance of real dullness.”

So, Jesus goes back to find this man. The Bible says, “Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” The man was in the Temple to make an offering to God as mandated by the law of all those who were healed of a serious illness.

What did Jesus’ words to this man mean? First, as if to emphasize what has transpired, Jesus says, “Behold — take note of this — thou art made whole.” Scholars have stated that the “cures” provided by the Pool of Bethesda were often temporary. Jesus is making it plain to this man that there is no going back; he is permanently healed.

Next, Jesus says, “sin no more.” Many believe that this indicates that the man’s sickness was brought upon by some sin in his past. However, we do not know that for sure. What we do know is that sin does have a negative effect on our bodies. We would do well to take heed to Paul’s words in Galatians 6, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…” In other words, if you do deeds that please only your flesh, you will suffer the consequences [corruption] in your flesh.

Ray Stedman points out that the order in which Jesus says these words is also important. He did not tell the man to “sin no more” first, and then say, “Behold, thou art healed.” He said, “Behold, thou art healed” first, and then He said, “sin no more.” You see, we do not stop sinning in order to be saved; we stop sinning because we are saved. Jesus told this man, ‘Look, I have healed you and made you whole. Now, go and honor what I have done in your life by living righteously before God. Don’t sin anymore.’

Jesus ends with a warning: “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” It appears as though Jesus is telling this man in no uncertain terms that if he goes out and sins with his new body, something worse than the disease he suffered for 38 years will come upon him. You say, ‘That sounds harsh.’ Actually, it is very reasonable. Jesus expects this man to live better now that he is healed. Whatever he did in the past that could have put him in his terrible situation is to be rejected. He knows better, so he should do better. He can do better because Jesus touched his life, healed him, transformed him, and made him whole. The worse thing here could also refer to Hell.

Jesus wants to touch your life today if you will let Him. He wants you to be able to go forth with your life and sin no more. So, He asks the same question of you that he asked of this man when he was sick. “Wilt thou be made whole?” I hope your answer is, “Yes.” You say preacher I am sin sick, how can I be made whole? I am glad you asked. Here is how

First, acknowledge that you are sin-sick and that you need a Saviour, for the Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him.

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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