“Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'” Luke 5:31-32
As I wrote this (July 2001), my wife and I had just spent much of the previous night in the Emergency Room with our daughter.
You can learn a lot in the E. R. As we look at the words of Jesus recorded for us by Luke, I can’t help but think, “Now there’s a guy who ought to know what Jesus is talking about.” Dr. Luke should have had first hand knowledge of identifying the sick and giving them his attention. Jesus wanted His disciples, and those who would listen, to understand that He too was concerned with identifying those who were sick and giving them the care they really needed.
The E. R. was busy last night. The doctors needed to identify individuals with the greatest need and make sure they were cared for. The doctors and nurses kept busy trying to keep up with all of the needs brought to them. They did a great job. Some even stayed beyond their shift to help get the job done.
We live in a world that is sick and dying. The problem is sin. The diagnosis was made and announced by God through His Word that this wasn’t an isolated problem. It is an epidemic that affects everyone. Once we’ve been cured through the blood of Jesus, it becomes our responsibility to become the messengers of healing – the nurses if you will – to those around us who are sick and dying.
Are you preparing people to meet the Great Physician, Jesus? He is the one who has cleansed us from sin and He wants to do the same for all. I pray that you would make it a priority to seek out the lost and introduce them to Jesus that He may cleanse them of their sin.
May we become E. R. personnel as we recognize the emergency nature of sin in the lives of people.