12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Imagine being so sick that you cannot call for help. All you can do is lay in bed. Then, a doctor comes to you and says, “I know you are not feeling well, and I am here to heal you.” How would you feel? You are probably thinking – this can’t be real! And you’re right! It is surreal because usually, it is the sick who need to reach out to seek medical help to be treated. It is rare for doctors to take the initiative to come and look for the sick. But our Lord, Jesus, would do just that. He came to search for the sick, the sinners, even before anyone calls for His help. Because He deeply knows that “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34: 18
Jesus is not a physician, but He healed many sick and mended the broken hearts when He walked on earth. Though we do not live in Bible time, we cannot experience the Lord’s physical touch. Yet to this day, He is still the same powerful, loving, gracious, and compassionate Healer. He still searches for the sick, draws near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
When I feel anguished, my spirit is burdened, and my strength is weak. Sometimes I cannot even express myself in words to the people closest to me. Yet, the Lord is near me even before I speak a word. He cares for me, and He knows my hurt and my needs. He bandages my wound and heals my pain through His living, comforting words and gentle presence. He also understands the value of time. Therefore, he will not rush my healing if time is needed to bring the best impact to my recovery. Maybe that is why the person receiving medical treatment is called the “patient.” We do need to be patient as we are now under our Healer’s care.
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?”Psalm 139:7
He came for the sick.
He is near the brokenhearted.
He saves the crushed in spirit.
He mends and heals.
He is my Healer.
He is Jesus.