There is an account of a man in the book of John who suffered with an infirmity—maybe a sickness, blindness, perhaps lame, maybe paralyzed—for thirty eight years.
Jesus made him well.
Jesus finds him later after his healing, and says to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
I am hard pressed to believe that the “worse thing” Jesus is referring too is another more crippling physical impairment.
There is something worse here than bodily corruption—the death of your soul.
This man had no idea that it was the Christ who had healed him—so we know it wasn’t his faith that cured him. Jesus returns to him a second time—call it a second chance for real healing. He tells him to open his eyes and get free from the prison of sin and death which is robbing him of the Spirit-filled life he was born to live.
We are more than head and hands, legs and feet, flesh and bones. Much more.
We grope for Him, though He is not far from each one of us. We know in our soul…that we were created for so much more than this world can offer us.
For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. Acts 17:28-29