The Great Physician

The world of mankind is sick, and each day it is becoming sicker. Everywhere we look, we see disease, mental illness, and death. Bird-flu is raising its ugly head and a pandemic may be on the horizon. Mental illness seems to be on the rise with more and more horrific crimes being committed. Selfishness of the heart and mind led to a Bangladesh factory building collapsing and killing more than 1,000 garment workers.

The world needs a good physician, one who can heal not only man’s physical illnesses, but also his illness of the mind and of the heart. Jesus and his bride, the church, will be that great physician.

Jesus came at his First Advent to demonstrate his ability to heal through God’s power. All of those healings pointed forward to the healing Jesus will perform for the entire human family in his kingdom.

He healed the man with an unclean spirit, showing how Jesus will eliminate the influence Satan and the fallen angels have over mankind (Mark 1:21-28). Jesus healed Peter’s wife’s mother of a fever, showing how man’s infection of sin will be cured (Mark 1:29-31). Our Lord  healed the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, showing that Jesus will help mankind to walk righteously and pleasing to God (John 5:1-9).

Jesus healed a man with a withered hand, showing he will teach mankind how to work righteously and be pleasing to God (Luke 6:6-11). Our Lord healed the man born blind, showing how he will heal mankind’s physical and spiritual eyesight in his kingdom (John 9:1-11).

He healed the woman crippled with an infirmity, demonstrating how he will help the human family stand up righteously before God (Luke 13:10-17). Our Lord healed a man with dropsy, a heart ailment, showing how he will heal man’s heart of sinfulness and selfishness, so then he can write God’s law there (Luke 14:1-6). Finally, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, demonstrating that he will raise everyone  who has ever lived from the tomb to receive this healing and thereby have the opportunity to gain everlasting life in his kingdom (John 11:1-45).

In Ezekiel 11:19,20, the prophet describes this healing: “I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God” (NASB). Isaiah writes about this healing, “The eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy” (Isa. 35:4,5 NASB).

Jesus will be able to heal mankind because he died as a ransom for Adam, and thus provided the price needed to pay for man’s sin. In that day, “No resident will say, ‘I am sick’; The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity” (Isa. 33:24 NASB).

Jesus returns to establish his earthly kingdom and  heal man’s body, heart, and mind so that mankind can become perfect and  come back into harmony with God. With this healing, man will be able to obey God’s law perfectly and gain everlasting life.

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