Day 73: Human Nature

So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place

Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”

The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

John 5:10-15, ESV

 

This is a strange event, when you think about it. A man who could not walk was healed by Jesus. I'm sure that he was grateful, but then the man did something that was very ungrateful: He gave the Jewish leaders more of the fuel they wanted to condemn Jesus so that might put Him to death. You see, Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, and the leaders had wrongly decided that this was a sin that had to be stopped at all costs. So the man went and found out Jesus' identity so he could turn Jesus in for the good He had done to the man that was healed.

 

Weird, isn't it?

 

Yet we see two things that are very typical of human nature in this brief event: First, those who seek power are threatened by the power of God, and will therefore try to minimize His power. Second, those who benefit the most from God's blessings, are often the very ones who will turn against Him in order to ingratiate themselves with the powers that be. The ironic thing is that by fighting against God they end up harming themselves, for those who oppose God lose out on the blessings that could have been theirs had they simply stopped fighting God.

 

It's something to think about whenever we are tempted to take the side of men over the side of God.

 

Today's reading is from John chapter 5. It contains some powerful insights into the nature of man that are worthy of reflection.