“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

The Great Physician

(Please read Luke 5:27-32)

October 13

Jesus healed during his earthly ministry. The gospel accounts mention healings numerous times, using such phrases as “all manner of sickness and all manner of disease,” “every sickness and disease,” and “them that needed healing.” There are a number of references, too, to individuals or small groups being healed, people who were paralyzed, blind, deaf, lame, mute, leprous, or afflicted with other physical ailments. Sometimes Jesus was almost inundated by people wanting to be healed. We can only marvel at the power needed to effect those instantaneous cures.

But Jesus came to be not only, or even primarily, a physical healer. He was and is a healer of souls. He made the comparison himself between his mission and that of physicians, when the Pharisees criticized him and his disciples for attending a feast where tax collectors were also present. Jesus answered this way: “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32, NAS).

Physicians know bodies, diseases and medicine. Christ knows souls, sin and forgiveness. Doctors are involved in curing physical and mental diseases; Jesus came to heal the moral and spiritual sickness so common to humankind. Physicians often save human lives. Christ always saves souls who come to him seeking salvation.

The Great Physician was so dedicated to his “patients” that he died for us. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by his wounds you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).

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