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Allegorically speaking, Jesus referred to Himself as a physician. When the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they questioned such action. “When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17). Though He cured the physical ailments of many, His true greatness came in the form of the spiritual healing that He brought about. He truly is the Great Physician. He is indeed a “specialist” for He understands your disease. The writer of the book of Hebrews states, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Heb. 2:18). A little later the same writer said, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15).


Physicians have office hours; hours during which they can be seen. Other than emergency type facilities, most are open only on week days. However, the office hours for the Great Physician is “anytime”. His office never closes. He already knows who needs to come and what they need to come for. However, the Great Physician does not make house calls. He calls for you and I and we must come to Him. Remember, He said, “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteousness, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32). “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Therefore, let us not neglect the appointment that He has made with us.


One might think that with such a Great Physician, it would be hard to get him to take you on as a patient, but you would be wrong. He is available to all nations, all races, all genders. As Peter noted, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10:34-35). The apostle Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). Though all are invited to come to Him (Matt. 11:28), the Great Physician will not bend to suit the one that comes, they must bend to suit the Great Physician. It is a good thing that the Great Physician will accept all, for all men are alike and guilty in the same way. As Paul said concerning Jew and Gentile, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). The Great Physician has sympathy and a desire for the healing of every soul. Peter states, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Pet. 3:9). And, Paul tells Titus, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Tit. 2:11). Without the aid of the Great Physician, all would be doomed, for “For the wages of sin is death…” (Rom. 6:23).


The Great Physician provides the only cure for the deadly disease of sin, He offers blood. Early in the history of Israel, God told them that “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). Later the Hebrew writer said, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without the shedding of blood is no remission” (Heb. 9:22). But, not just any blood would do. The same writer went on to say, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Heb. 10:4). He also said, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Heb. 9:11-12). As Paul stated, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” (Rom. 5:8-9).


With doctors we sometimes find the price so high we just can’t pay the bill. So, what does the Great Physician charge? The Hebrew writer said, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Heb. 5:8-9). He charges strict obedience to His word. He said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He charges unfaltering confidence and faithfulness to the lifestyle that He instructs that we live. And, He requires that we work diligently, using His word to bring others to Him that they too might be healed. To some, this price may seem too high for them to pay, but actually it is little to pay for the eternal salvation offered by the Great Physician. “What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul (Mark 8:36)?


(Editor’s note: Send any questions or comments to: rcoliver@centurylink.net)

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