Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mark 2:17 -- On God as the Doctor

"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

This is something that Christ said in response to being asked why he hung out with publicans and sinners... and it is a good lesson about inclusion and love.  When I read it today I thought of it not from the perspective of a righteous person wondering why he would hang out with the baddies though.  I thought of it as one of the sinners.  I think that at times we can all relate to that perspective, and it strikes me how gracious and loving God is to care about us, talk to us, and help us even when we are far from worthy of his presence.  Like the prodigal son, he just wants us to realize our mistakes and turn back.  He isn't going to lecture us or tell us we are unworthy slugs, even when we clearly act like them.  He is going to throw a party and welcome us back into his life.
Today, let's remember that we are the spiritually sick, and Christ is our doctor.  Let's go with him wherever he asks, and do as he suggests.  Only he has the cure for what ails us.  We surely don't... we keep messing up our own lives. :)  Let's let go of our sin and rebellion, and turn to him for healing.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Total Pageviews