But the man who’d been healed didn’t know who it was. Jesus had gone away, and the place was crowded. After this Jesus found the man in the Temple. ‘Look!’ he said. ‘You’re better again! Don’t sin any more, or something worse might happen to you!’
Here are some helpful Bible verses. When God shows up in powerful ways, it may just go unnoticed. The healed man doesn’t know who Jesus is and he doesn’t even try to follow him. He doesn’t try to thank him. And Jesus doesn’t wait around until he does. Why is this helpful?
We follow Jesus and do things we think he would do if he were us, as a way of life. Not to get people to notice us. Not to have someone thank us. After all, when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are able to be used for works of power, and the same Holy Spirit also makes sure you realize it is him not you.
What happens next?
The man who is healed has the chance to go to the Temple for the first time in 38 years. If you are disabled you can’t go in the Temple, but there he is! I guess he dropped his mattress off somewhere! Jesus sees him and gives a biblical lesson in paradox. The Bible is filled with paradox. One thing is true and so is another thing that is extremely different. Jesus is God and Jesus is a man, for instance. Our works are a sign of our faith, and we are not saved by our works. The paradox we see here is about healing.
Here, Jesus connects the man’s disability with sin.
At other times, Jesus says disease and disability has nothing to do with personal sin. John 9.
As Jesus passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned…”
Here we see the paradox. Jesus is implying the disabled man was in his crippling condition because of his own sin. But, later, Jesus says the condition of the man born blind has nothing to do with anyone’s sin.
It seems some sicknesses may be related to some sins but you can’t and shouldn’t deduce the one from the other. Even when we say it is a lifestyle choice with unhealthy habits, there are plenty of people who have those same habits who are doing fine.
Have you ever thought of any challenges, any setbacks, in your own life as having a connection to not following God’s ways?