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Stop Sinning!

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | March 22, 2024 | John 5:13-15



Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, 'See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.' John 5:14 (NIV)

Jesus' encounter with the man at the pool of Bethesda goes beyond physical healing. It addresses the deeper issue of sin and its consequences. Jesus' words, "Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you," emphasise the importance of repentance and turning away from sin. This story highlights Jesus' concern for our spiritual well-being and his desire for us to obey God's commands.


Jesus' command to "stop sinning" does not imply that we earn our salvation through works but that true faith results in a transformed life. It is a response to God's grace and the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Jesus' concern for man's spiritual condition and physical healing demonstrates God's redemption's holistic nature. God cares for our bodies, minds, and souls, desiring wholeness in every aspect of our being. While salvation is by grace through faith, Jesus' warning about "something worse" highlights the reality of the consequences of sin. Leading a life characterised by sin will yield even more severe consequences.


Jesus’ command “Stop sinning” in today’s text is also a warning. It is interesting to note that while all the fury and worry were about Jesus' supposed sin on the Sabbath, the real sinner was the man who was healed. He didn't want to take responsibility for anything. He wouldn't go out on a limb to honour and follow Jesus. Jesus warned him, and he ignored the warning. He immediately went and betrayed Jesus to those intending harm. When we shy away from sharing our testimony of Jesus' work in our lives, we inadvertently align ourselves with actions that, though seemingly righteous, ultimately undermine the Kingdom's purpose. Jesus says to us, "Stop sinning".



How does Jesus' command to "stop sinning" challenge your understanding of grace and the Christian life? In what areas of your life do you need to heed Jesus' words and turn away from sin? Rely on God's grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to live a life that honours God.



Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace and mercy toward me. Help me to heed Jesus' words to "stop sinning." Please, stop me and confront me when I am being led astray, especially by things that sound religious, but which are really sins. Transform me by the power of your Spirit, that I may reflect your love and holiness to the world. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.




DAILY word study: STOP SINNING The phrase "stop sinning" is translated from the Greek word "ἁμάρτανε" (hamartane), derived from "ἁμαρτάνω" (hamartanó), which means to miss the mark or to deviate from the right path. The exhortation to "stop sinning" underscores the transformative power of Jesus' healing and emphasizes the need for repentance and moral renewal. Jesus was not merely concerned with physical healing but also with the man's spiritual well-being.

By instructing him to "stop sinning," Jesus addresses the root cause of human suffering—the consequences of sin. This call to repentance resonates with broader biblical themes of moral accountability and the necessity of turning away from sinful behaviour. Throughout Scripture, God calls His people to live lives of righteousness and obedience. Sin separates us from God and disrupts His intended order for humanity. Therefore, repentance is essential for restoring our relationship with God and experiencing His abundant blessings.

The phrase "stop sinning" serves as a reminder of God's mercy and grace. While sin has consequences, God offers forgiveness and the opportunity for spiritual renewal. Through Jesus Christ, we have access to the transformative power of His love and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, enabling us to overcome sin and live victoriously.


In what areas of your life do you need to heed Jesus' call to "stop sinning"? How can you cultivate a lifestyle of repentance and obedience to God's Word?

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