Day 10: The Ultimate Doctor

Read Matthew 9:12-13, Mark 2:17
Read luke 5: 31-32

Near the end of my freshman year, I awoke in the middle of the night with an intense pain in my midsection. I’d felt completely fine all day, but now it felt as if Mike Tyson were treating my stomach like a speed bag. I had no idea where this suffering came from, but I was acutely aware that something was wrong with my body.

I managed to drag myself to my car (probably not a smart idea; I’d advise calling a friend instead) and drove myself to a nearby ER. There the doctors diagnosed me with a hernia that needed to be operated on immediately. The surgery was successful and, after a few weeks of recovery, I was back to feeling like myself.

There had been something significantly wrong with my body, and I was not only unaware of it, but also unable to fix it. I needed the help of doctors to uncover and address the problem; if not treated, the hernia could’ve caused even more serious health problems down the road.

That brings us back to Jesus’ dinner with Matthew’s friends. The Pharisees questioned why He would choose to eat with tax collectors and sinner. Here’s how Jesus replied:

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.” – Matthew 9:12-13

Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6 to demonstrate that He was here to minister to those who opened their hearts and mind to His truth rather than focusing on sacrificial things. These sinners were excited to dine with Him, and vice versa.

Before meeting Jesus, these people may not have known they needed healing. They were living in sin but unaware of how destructive their lifestyle could be to their future. They needed a physician to come in and explain that if some change weren’t made, drastic consequences could follow. Jesus is that doctor, only we don’t have to schedule a consultation; He will always come to us.

The truth is that none of us are spiritually healthy. We’ve all sinned and therefore earned a place in hell. The only way that we can be healthy (i.e. saved) is to recognize Jesus’ death and resurrection. But we first must be willing to admit we’re sick.

“I desire mercy, not sacrifice,” Jesus told the Pharisees. “For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus is the ultimate doctor. He’s always available and He makes house calls. All his diagnoses are correct, and He has the cure. He even paid the bill for you! You don’t need medical insurance; this healing is completely free.

But you must acknowledge you’re not well. Recognize that you don’t have all the answers, that without your Savior you’re nothing. Only then Jesus come in and provide the necessary healing.