Recently I visited Methodist Hospital located in the famed Houston Medical Center. The Houston Medical Center has been and is home to some of the best doctors and hospitals in the world. For example, people come from all over the world for treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital. Famed heart surgeons Drs. Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey called the Houston Medical Center home. The reason for my visit was to be with my mother for surgery. While checking in for pre-op, she said to the attendant, “I hear my doctor is one of the best.” His response was, “He is the best.” How comforting it is to hear those words about your doctor, “He is the best.”
As an observer of humanity, I was amazed at the thousands of people flowing through the hospital. Patients, families, doctors, nurses, interns, volunteers and others created a tidal-wave of people all pursuing one goal: healing. Physical healing consumes those who are sick. Billions of dollars are spent each year in the pursuit of physical healing. Thankfully, many people are healed. Diseases are eradicated. Lives are restored.
While watching the flow of people, I began to wonder if the pursuit of healing has overtaken the pursuit of the Healer? For all of the medical brilliance we enjoy today, physical life ends. For all of the diseases that can be treated and defeated, one remains incurable through human hands: sin. Romans 5:12 delivers a harsh reality, Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned (Romans 5:12). Scripture is clear about the disease affecting every person. Sin invades every life, there are no exceptions.
To find healing from the disease of sin, we (all humanity) have searched diligently. We have invented new religions, developed philosophical formulas or ignored it all-together. This, too, is the pursuit of a tidal-wave of people. There is no hope of healing, however, outside of the Great Physician. Who is the “Great Physician?” He is Jesus.
We witness in Scripture the healing power of Jesus over physical disease and its ultimate affect. He restored life to Lazarus (Jn. 11). He restored sight to the blind (Matt. 11). Jesus restored the use of a deformed hand (Matt. 12). As much as we praise Jesus for healing our physical diseases, much more praise is due Him for healing our spiritual disease. Romans 5:8-10 delivers incredible news, But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. How much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, will we be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life (Rom. 5:8-10).
Scripture declares the healing of sin that only God can provide. The greatest disease known to mankind, sin, which makes us an enemy of God (Rom. 5:10), is also healed by God. Reconciliation is the bringing together of two warring parties. God is at war with sin, yet, He offers reconciliation. Jesus is the reconciliation. The cross of Calvary leads to healing.
Rampant in our culture today is the downplaying of the cross. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus represents only one of many paths to God. I question, though, why people quickly run to a medical doctor or some other practitioner for physical healing but seek their own path for the forgiveness of their sin? Our common disease and its healing are both made clear in God's Word.
God's Word leads people to Jesus, to His sinless life, sacrificial death and glorious resurrection. I am convinced that the church must do the same, Lead People to Jesus. Jesus is the only hope for the disease of sin. Only Jesus provides salvation for the unsaved and sanctification for the saved.
The Great Physician is Jesus.