Monday, November 21, 2011

Are you healthy?

Red-Letter Monday

"Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick" (Mt. 9:12).

Who is really well? As you read this, you may have a clean bill of health. 

But is health defined only by the absence of symptoms? 

Right now, if you are "well," it is because you are able to fight the invaders that are in your body. You have resistance. Your immune system is capable enough. 

Health is the ability to resist. Sickness is when something gets upper hand. Death is when that something can't be stopped. 

Ultimately, the whole race - and the whole planet - is sick unto death (cf. Rom. 8:22). It's just a matter of time. 
Nature, with its melancholy charm, resembles a bride who, at the very moment when she was fully attired for marriage, saw the bridegroom die. She still stands with her fresh crown and in her bridal dress, but her eyes are full of tears (Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament). 
In the verse above, Jesus undoubtedly referred to those who pridefully thought themselves "whole," or "well," ignoring the reality that they needed help. One who will not acknowledge that he is sick cannot be healed. 

Jesus cannot heal the disease of sin unless we admit we have it. That is why He came not " call the [self] righteous, but sinners to repentance" (Mt. 9:13b). 

Is man's inclination to avoid the physical doctor typical of his inclination to avoid the spiritual One? 


  1. Great question, that last one. And the different definition of health. That power to resist can take many good directions. Thanks! -Randal