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Oct. 20, 2003 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Who needs a physician but the sick? Do you know you are ill?

By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Who in the world would ever look forward to going into a hospital to have someone do all those embarrassing things to you?

A couple of weeks ago I found out that when you are feeling the pressure of an appendix that is ready to burst, you look forward to getting to the hospital as fast as you can (but please take it easy over the railroad tracks just before you get there).

And yes, do whatever you have to do to find out the problem, and go ahead and cut me open if it will cure the awful pain.

In Matthew 9:12-13 we read, "it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Because Jesus was eating with many tax collectors and "sinners," He was criticized by the religious establishment.

They didn't think they had any sin problem. They had their traditions and didn't need anything or anyone else. They thought they had no need for a soul physician, because they didn't see their sin.

So, why aren't you really serious about God? Why do you go to church only if it works into your schedule and nothing interferes? Why does your Bible sit on a shelf and still looks new with crispy clean pages? Because you don't know or are not willing to admit you are sick with sin.

You don't think your sin is really that critical of an issue. You don't want to think about eternity apart from Christ in Hell.

What you need is a good dose of something that can convince you that you are really sick with sin, and unless something changes, you will perish for all eternity.

The 10 Commandments of God are designed by Him to reveal what pleases Him.

As you study them, you will soon discover that you are very sick. You love other things more than Him. You use His name wrongly. You covet what is in your neighbor's garage.

God's commands are designed to convince a man, who thinks he is well, that he is very sick and needs the mercy of God in Christ.

Next time you drive past a hospital sign, be thankful it is there when you need it. Each day open God's word and let Him convince you that you are sick and need a Savior.


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