The Great Physician
But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. ~Matthew 9:12
In the 1990s, the world of doctors, prescriptions, and medical insurance was branded as “managed care.” Acronyms such as HMO, PPO, EPO, PCP, and other abbreviated terms were used to describe how the consumer would have access to a doctor’s care and how it would be paid for. For the average consumer, all they knew was that when they needed a physician, they wanted to get to one without delay or hindrance. Jesus made a simple but profound statement when He said, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” Jesus is the Great Physician for every soul.
We see the Physician’s compassion.
“And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom.” Some physicians will only see patients if they have insurance. Some physicians place a limit on the total number of patients they will admit into their practice. However, the Great Physician accepts everyone with compassion. Matthew was a publican: a much-despised occupation of men. People had to go to a publican to pay their taxes plus an exorbitant fee, which he kept. Matthew’s sickness was covetousness, greed, dishonesty, and lack of conscience. Jesus approached Matthew with compassion. The Great Physician comes to you. He comes to you with compassion.
We see the Physician’s cure.
“And he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.” Deep inside of his heart, Matthew hated what he did. He was sick of being despised. He was sick of taking advantage of people. He needed a Physician Wwho could heal him. Jesus said two words: “Follow me.” When Matthew rose up to follow Jesus, he followed what the Great Physician commanded him to do. The Lord’s cure requires repentance, humility, obedience, and faith. People who want to get well follow the physician’s instructions. Matthew was cured, or converted, instantaneously because he had faith in Jesus’ authority and words.
We see the Physician’s clinic.
“And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.” Jesus is the Great Physician Who treats all sinners. He sat at meat with those whom society despised. Jesus takes the most difficult cases. Jesus makes house calls. His clinic is open 24/7, seven days a week. Insurance is not needed to see Him. A referral from another doctor is not needed. He is the true Primary Care Physician for every broken heart, every sin-sick soul, every wounded individual, and the worst of society. He is most at home when He is helping others get well.
We see the Physician’s commitment.
“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” His commitment is to receive every repentant sinner with mercy. When a sinner gets saved, justice meets mercy. Mercy is God’s divine pity upon us. He sees the mess that sin does to every sinner, and in mercy, He “surgically repairs” us. He takes the sick and makes them whole. His commitment is to give a new life, a new start, and a new direction. Jesus is the Great Physician Whom no one needs to be afraid of. Come to the Physician Who heals and helps.
Have an inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalms 86-89