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)

Traffic laws are enforced to promote safe driving while traveling the road but violations happen every day all around us. Imagine being caught breaking the speed limit but the police officer decides to just let you go with a warning. In John chapter 5 of the Bible Jesus healed a man who had been ill for 38 years but afterwards he gave him a serious warning. God’s spiritual laws written in the Bible are necessary to ensure the safety of our souls on the road to heaven but we violate these laws everyday through sinful choices which can lead to harmful physical consequences such as illness. Like this merciful police officer the Lord Jesus is willing to show us mercy. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9) We can arrive safely to life’s ultimate destination in heaven if we obey the warning to stop sinning and receive the free pardon offered by Jesus.