KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:14 KJV” 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.”
Dear patrons be reminded that we are considering the topic a walk with Jesus through the gospels. The Lord met the impotent man, and admonishes him, as follows: you have been made whole, do not go and sin again lest a worse thing comes upon you. This underscores the point that sin gives access to all kinds of evil coming on men. Sin is the mother of evil. Sin is transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4. Sin is also submitting to satanic instructions that gives the devil, the right or access to control, afflict or even choose to live in you. God our father did not make a world, filled with pain, danger, and destruction.
Why is sin so devastating? Sin defiles the sinner and rebels against the very authority of God. This is why the scripture says when one confesses his sin, the Lord is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse him from all unrighteousness. The Lord cleanses the filth of sin and forgives the rebellion of sin. Rebellion challenges the very authority of God. It rises against the very throne of God and this is the severity of sin. It makes God come against you. If God be against you, who will set you free. Pro 14:34 KJV” Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Sin is also the sting of death, meaning sin kills. 1Co 15:56 KJV “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law”. Toying with any kind of sin, is like playing with a viper on your laps.
The Lord asked the man, not to go and sin again, lest a worse thing come upon him. What is the worst thing that may come upon him?
This worse thing could be a severe sickness. Could it be death. I think death happens to men. What can be a worse thing that may come upon him? Romans 8:13 KJV” For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. What kind of death is the scripture speaking of. This kind of death is spiritual death. It is being separated from the Spirit of God. This is a worse punishment to come to any man.
THOUGHT: IT IS ALWAYS TERRIBLE TO LIVE IN SIN.
Romans 6:16 KJV “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
Hebrews 3:13 KJV” But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”