Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. – John 5: 14-15
Have you ever wondered why more poor souls haven’t had their prayers for healing or deliverance or anything merciful to be bestowed on a loved one answered to the affirmative? So often, this particular story out of John 5, the healing of the lame man at the pool of Bethsaida, is quoted to explained God’s will is done at the choosing of God alone. Sometimes the sick or lost remain that way just like all the other sick and lame remained that way at the pool while only one was healed. Blessed be the Lord.
I found that a defeatist attitude. That does not explain anything definitive of the heart and nature of God. The story showed one man healed. Alleluia. There’s nothing else to glean about God from this healing, or lack of. The import is what follows, I believe.
The religious snag this same guy carrying his mat on the Sabbath, and they demanded an explanation. He said the man who healed me told me to carry it. They wanted to know who it was. He said he didn’t know who it was. I believe this was the sin.
When you are a snitch for God, you tell the authorities and other inhabitants of this world Jesus is your savior, healer, defender and friend. He’s the one that’s done this. He’s the one that’s made the difference. He’s the one that’s made the love of God known to you. To experience, encounter the saving love of God in Christ and not tell when the opportunity presents itself is the sin.
The man went to the strict religious ones who interrogated him earlier and told them it was Jesus who healed him and told him to violate the Sabbath according to their interpretation of the law.
He snitched on Jesus, and the Lord was in trouble. But that’s why Jesus was born and called of God to bring the Kingdom, to be the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He’ll be the sacrificial lamb labelled as a sinner because so many will tell the strictly religious he was the one who healed, forgave, delivered them on the Sabbath or in some way that violates their interpretation of the law. He’s the one!
And, like the blind man in the temple who’s given his sight and tells the strictly religious he wants to worship this Jesus, there’s a price to pay for bypassing those religious and their laws and drawing near to Jesus.
Jesus wanted to be pointed out, fingered, snitched on by this newly healed man. That’s why he came into the world (this is particularly true in John’s gospel).
What opportunities are before you to snitch on Jesus? Ya know, there’ll probably be a price to pay for being so bold socially or familial context or in career, but Jesus is big and brave. He wants you to finger him. He deserves the attention.