Do you ever get that urge to run when someone near you is coughing and sneezing? I know I do.
Jesus is different that way. He goes after the sick. Partly, that’s because Jesus loves to heal the body. In fact, the gospel writers tell many stories of Jesus going after those who were sick and ailing, injured and broken.
But there’s something Jesus loves even more than healing the body. He especially loves to heal the spirit. Even with a paralytic man whom he heals physically, the very first thing Jesus told him was, “Friend, your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20, NIV).
Then, Jesus went out and found a man who needed a different kind of healing, a man who would have been an outcast to his fellow Jews. He was a tax collector, and that was not exactly a beloved profession, to put it mildly. But Jesus told this man, Matthew, that he wanted to include him on his team.
How healing Jesus’ kindness must have been to his spirit!
When Matthew later threw a party for all his fellow tax collectors, so that they could meet Jesus too, not everyone was pleased. Especially not the religious leaders. So they put the question to Jesus point-blank: “Why do you eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus’ answer demonstrated his immense heart for those who need his healing — and especially for those who need healing of their spirit.
“Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance'” (Luke 5:31-32, NIV).
Are you heart-sick because of your sins? Do you feel a sickening pit in your stomach, sensing that you’re an outcast? Are you discouraged because of serious illness or injury to your body?
Well, here’s some great news for you… Jesus loves to heal those who are sick!
Our Bible reading for Tuesday, March 24, is Numbers 16:36 – 18:32, Luke 5:17-32 and Psalm 37:10-20.
Lord, I’m sick over the sins I commit. My soul is hurting. Please heal me in your blood, Jesus. Do a great miracle and forgive all my sins.
Header image based on "Dear Flickr, I'm Sick." by Courtney Carmody, CC By 2.0