It Is Not the Healthy Who Need the Doctor

Jesus presents himself first and foremost as a Saviour. He famously said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to calls the righteous, but sinners to repentance“. (Luke 5:31-32)

The analogy of a doctor is very helpful. We are helpless before doctors, all we can do is rely on them to perform the correct surgery or medical procedure to make things right.

It is sometimes said that the church is not a school for saints but a hospital for sinners. This is true, and Jesus is the head physician. Anyone and everyone can receive salvation through Jesus, because he came to call even the worst of sinners to repentance.

Consider for a moment the humble honesty that we need to follow Jesus. Jesus is not looking for competent people. He is not offering tidbits of spiritual advice for people who think their lives are basically okay. He’s got nothing to offer you if you think at heart you are a good person.

However, if you know in your heart your greatest need is forgiveness of sin, and you repent of that sin and turn from it, then the great Saviour, Dr Jesus, is calling you!

Your Pastor,

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