Christians: We Love Our Doctors (June 9, 2012-2.18.14)
Isaiah 53,4-5: "Surely he has born our sicknesses and our pains: He bore them, yet we regarded him as plagued; stricken by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was on HIM, and with his wounds we ourselves are healed." (Interlinear Bible)
Our U.S. medical system puts our doctors in the strange position of having all the skills to treat anybody. The hard part is getting paid, and not getting sued for skipping the CT scan and the MRI.
But praise God our Jesus is the Great Physician. So great He works for free. And his word promises us he already paid the price for both sin and healing at Calvary.
And perhaps, best of all, there's no paperwork.
Medical doctors and honest to God-filled Christians are very similar. They both test and observe. They both make a diagnosis; they both seek confirmation; and then, they both act. And for us Christians, such acting takes a great faith courage.
A good doctor and a good Christian are also open to folks getting second opinions. They both don't look for credit, but instead that someone gets healed.
We Christians should love our doctors- they are in the same business as Jesus. God uses them every day, and ordinarily they do a great job. Day in and day out, they give their lives to healing.
And yet in contrast, oft' times we Christians forget that healing was the first thing Jesus did, day after day.
We should also love them because they teach us to approach healing in a thorough and objective way. Just think if we Christians approached healing in this way. We would stop assuming we know who is ready to be healed. And instead, we could just get after the healing, one step at a time, starting now, using whatever faith is at hand.
If you as a Christian went to a doctor and he spent ninety percent of the time talking about his golf game, restaurants, vacations and his pets, and ten percent about the subject at hand, you'd probably find a new doctor quickly. And yet we "Christians" are seemingly content to talk about anything else, but healing in church!
Yet we claim to follow the one who told us that our faith would move mountains?
If we Christians don't introduce folks to Jesus our healer, then we have no right to bemoan the fact that "our people" (not to mention non church folks) self medicate, and run to psychics, palm readers, curanderos, pill pushers, witches, wizards, and all the rest.
Yes, dear Christian brothers and sisters, go to your medical doctors (and a good chiropractor is a real blessing). Take your medicine too, but go to Jesus first and last. No appointment (in three weeks) needed.
Then taste and see the fullness of your salvation, which includes all manner of healing.
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Tobin Hitt is the founder of the Zion Pentecost Mission. He is open to gospel partnership with all, and identifies with Paul's description of our mission as ambassadors for our king, Jesus, urging all to reconcile with God (2Cor.20-21). He resides in Cheshire, Connecticut.read more...