My devotional time today in Wishful Thinking started me wondering about calling Jesus the Great Physician:
When Jesus heard this, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” (Luke 2:17)
What comes to mind when you think of a physician? The most obvious answer is healer, and Jesus is certainly that. But think about it more.
Think about the relationship/dependence you have with your doctor.
- When you visit the doctor, you are stripped (literally, usually) of your defenses, along with your clothes. You are vulnerable.
- You visit the doctor because you believe she knows more than you do.
- In a good doctor/patient relationship, you trust your doctor.
- You place your life, literally, in her hands.
- You wait, nervous and anticipating, for whatever news or words she brings.
- You depend on your doctor for healing.
- Your success as a patient depends on following the doctor's "advice."
Do we have a relationship with Jesus that mirrors the relationship we have with our doctor? Or is it less?