The Great Physician

After last week I have decided that having the flu is no fun.  Flora and I spent the first part of the week at the Memphis School of Preaching lectureship and then came home for Wednesday services.  By the time Friday afternoon rolled around I was sweating part of the time and freezing the other part.  I do not know who played the part of “Typhoid Mary” but it sounds as though a number present at Memphis ended up sick.

Thank you to all for your concern and for the calls and cards.  Special thanks to Mark for teaching the Sunday morning class and for Ande filling the pulpit.  We are such a blessed congregation for all to show great concern one for another and for so many who capably stand in the gap.

Of those who were sick, I know that some went to the doctor while others were able to wait it out.  For some illnesses there are certain medicines that work wonderfully, and at times only Father Time cures the ill.

But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Matthew 9:12-13).

In our lives we each suffer from the illness of sin.  Jesus is the Great Physician and he is the only one who holds the cure for sin.  We who are sick with sin must go to the Great Physician to be cured because there are no other viable options.

There is no home remedy that will defeat the illness of sin.  There is no amount of time that will lessen the disease of sin.  There is no other physician who will create a magical serum to inoculate against sin.

In my lifetime I have witnessed horrible diseases that threaten the world and have also seen the same diseases almost be eradicated.  My prayer continues for the day that heart disease and cancer will be on the list of defeated diseases.  But no illness reaches deeper into the population of the world than sin.  No illness or disease is more devastating on the world than sin.

The maladies suffered in the physical body end when the physical life ends but sin left unchecked will be suffered eternally.  Even the grave does not cease the horrific effects of the untreated sin in the soul.

Let each of us make sure that we use the one and only Great Physician; the one who has the only cure of sin. Let each of us ensure that our families take advantage of the only cure of sin.  Let each of us make sure that those with whom we are associated know of the cure offered by the Great Physician.

                                                                                                Tim

 

 

 

 

 

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