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October 1, 2015, 12:00 PM

Surprised by Sick People in a Hospital?

On a recent Facebook post, I asked a question similar to this:  “If the church is a “hospital” and Jesus is the Great Physician, why are we so surprised and critical when we find sick people within the ranks of the Church?"   The sick (the sinful) are those who need Jesus, the Great Physician!  Indeed, Jesus Himself declares this truth: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Matthew 9:12, ESV).  

The surprise and criticism may come from Christians and non-Christians alike.  It is, perhaps, understandable coming from the ranks of the unchurched. When it emerges from the ranks of the churched, however, it is often troubling.  The truth is that many of those persons in the “hospital” (church) are at various stages of spiritual disease and healing!  Yet, they are in the best place to receive healing (salvation) and seeking the best Physician (Jesus Christ)!  An interesting and note-worthy truth is that Jesus is the only One who has never been sick.  “He was tempted in all points as we were, yet [He] without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He alone provides the only remedy for our sins and our sicknesses—Himself—His substitutionary death on the cross for our sins!  Jesus is the Doctor who writes the prescription and offers the only effective Remedy for our sins and our sicknesses!  

Interestingly, these critics, whether Christians or non-Christians (saved or unsaved) missed the fact that they too are sick and are in need of Christ, the Great Physician and the Church (the hospital for sick people).   The greatest sickness of humankind is not physical; it is spiritual!  Nevertheless, Jesus is the Only Solution for the problem.  The sin-sick sinner must come to Him, acknowledging their sins, and making a commitment to turn to Christ and accept His death on the Cross, as the payment and only remedy for our sins, and make a commitment to live for Christ. 
After accepting Christ, the possibility of being infested with the disease of sin is still a reality.  Yet, Jesus again is the Prescription and Medicine! He gives us the grace (enablement) to be sanctified, to be made holy, to be conformed into His image!  Whether we need a remedy for our salvation or sanctification, the “sick” must come to the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.  They should come to the “hospital”—the Church (Hebrews 10:24-25)!

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