Mark 1-2, Psalm 95
Last year a new patient came to see me for a visit. She had been diagnosed with a number of pelvic pain syndromes including interstitial cystitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and endometriosis. While getting her history I noticed she had an abortion just prior to her pain disorder. When I asked about her abortion she began to cry. It was my belief that what she was struggling from was more from post traumatic stress disorder. I told her about Jesus and that through repentance, God would not only forgive but forget the abortion (CCOB offers a course called forgiven and set free for this exact issue). Another patient with similar symptoms came after a short lived sexual affair with another man. Proverbs 1:7 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge...". As I have learned to rely more on Jesus and less on myself I have become a better physician. Every day I get to minister to a few patients about Jesus. Jesus says in Matthew 19:17, "No one is good but One, that is God...". In today's reading we get to meet the Great Physician. The way I see it, is every day I get to write a referral to The Great Physician, it's up to the patient if they choose to follow through with it.
Jesus says in Mark 2:17, "...Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." We know from Romans 3:10 that, "There is one righteous, no, not one." So the righteous in this verse by Jesus refers to those who are self-righteous . Jesus can only help those who see their brokenness and need for healing. He can not be part of a self help formula, or part of the solution. When the leper comes to Him in Mark 1:40, he says to Jesus, "If you are willing, You can make me clean." The leper completely trusted Jesus. In Mark 2:21-22, Jesus says, "No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. And no one puts new wine into old wine skins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins." The Great Physician can help all who realize their need for help and are willing to empty themselves and see themselves the broken vessels that they are. They must realize also that His treatment, may be different than what they were looking for, but is just what they needed. His results may not cure the earthly malady but will have deeper and longer lasting results in eternity.
Every day we all encounter friends, family, neighbors, etc who come to us with a variety of problems both physical and social: broken marriages, prodigal children, loss of loved ones. Sympathy and empathy are good. But what they really need is the Great Physician and you can offer that referral as easy as I can. The question really comes to what do we trust in: the latest "natural" remedy, the newest drug, the therapist, or the Great Physician. As a physician, of course I treat and prescribe, but as I plant seeds and refer to the Great Physician, a more lasting cure is available.
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: