And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Searching through the Word tonight, researching a future post I came across the above verses and was moved by them. I’ve read them numerous times, they are core to my belief that Jesus died for my sins, but tonight they just stood out. I really thought about what he was saying, that it’s not the righteous who he came for but sinners. Sinners like me, broken, weary, dirty, sinners. I’m who he came to call, to use, to love. So are you. We all are.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Romans 3:22-26
Just think about these passages for a minute. Let it sink into your heart what they mean for us,
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
He died that we might live! That’s love folks, that’s love. God himself took on flesh and became a man, Jesus – God’s only son! – just so he could die for us, that we could be restored to a right relationship with him. Knowing the whole time that man would reject Him, his own people even, many would deny him, many just wouldn’t care one way or the other. Didn’t stop him, nope he loved us anyway, in spite of ourselves. So he did what He had to do, obeyed his Father and submitted to the Cross. He tore the veil when he died, shook the earth, it was one of those world changing moments. But an even bigger one came on the third day after His crucifixion – He rose from the grave. That tomb was empty, the stone rolled back, he’s alive! Eternally, in glory with His Father. One day I’ll be there too as will all Christ followers. When we put our faith in Jesus, repent of our sins, and believe with all our hearts that he died for us then rose the third day we will be saved. He was the first fruits, we’ll be the harvest! Is Jesus your doctor?