Who Needs a Doctor?

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” —  Mark 2:17

I think if Jesus had done the punctuation here, He would have put quotes around the word righteous, since no one is righteous before Him, apart from Him. None of us is healthy. All of us are sick with the disease of chronic sin. We need a Physician of the heavenly realms, and that Physician is Jesus, who has authority to forgive sin. He proved His authority by healing physical maladies of all kinds. The sick, blind, and lame came to Him, and tax collectors—traitors and cheats—and sinners of all stripes, and He received all of them, and healed them, and forgave their sins. I thank God that He did not call the righteous, but sinners, or He would never have called me.

Lord Jesus, thank You for Your authority and Your exercise of it for me. You called me, personally, by name, when I was steeped in sin of my own choosing and making, evil I devised and pursued and relished. You called me, and when by Your prompting and enabling I responded, You saved me from sin and from myself, healing me of all the spiritual diseases that I inflicted upon myself. Glorious and gracious God, thank You!

Never look down on those living apart from God, or think anyone is beyond His reach. And go to Him with a repentant heart, never claiming to be righteous apart from Him and the righteousness He bestows on you by His grace.


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