Biblical Reflections: Mark 2:17

Mark 2:17 – When Jesus heard it , he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

In our society of perceived wealth and plenty where many or most indulge in their desires, it is easy to forget our needs. Like morphine for a dying man, the pleasures of the flesh and the hollow assurances provided by worldly wealth mask the fact that we are in mortal danger. We need to be saved from this body of death.

The Pharisees and others during Jesus earthly ministry were very satisfied with their personal righteousness. Frankly many Christians today can relate to them. They were raised with a certain set of beliefs and views, and they looked down on anyone who did not live up their standards.

It is especially interesting to note that historians believe that the sect of the Pharisees arose out of a group of zealous Jews during the period between the Old and New Testaments. These zealous men made great progress turning the Jewish people away from the influences of the Persians, Greeks, and Romans during this period. However, their ideas an influence began to go to their heads.

Praise God that He sent a Savior, Jesus Christ. Whether we have millions of dollars or nothing, whether we are upstanding members of the church or murderers on death row, we need a savior. No one has any elixir to cure death. No one on earth has a philosophy that can fix society. We need divine intervention. We need a miraculous Physician to heal us not simply from sickness but the effects of sin and death. It’s past time we went to the doctor. As I understand it, no appointment is needed. Walk-ins are welcome.

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