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October 23, 2012

Physician, Heal Thyself (Luke 4:23)

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Physician, Heal Thyself (Luke 4:23)
by Dick Hunt, October 23, 2012

At the Fraserview Village Monday Coffee hour yesterday, I was asked where we could find the above quotation and what it meant.

It was spoken by Jesus to a group of indignant people who blamed him for not healing “the in group”, but for having healed those from outside the People of Israel. It is closely related to the popular saying, “charity begins at home”. Look after us first before taking care of the people far away from our shores. The initials “NGO’s” refers to Non Government Organizations and points us to Volunteers who go to many parts of the world to care for the dispossed, the starving, those without medical care, those who have little or no opportunity of being educated. Even those who have no dwelling in which to live. The needs are immense and the sufferings are beyond belief. Jesus did heal many people and fed crowds of people. But although he was human and at the same time the Son of God, He was, during his brief time on earth, limited in His ability, as we are, by physically being able to be in one place at a time.

He was very much sought after by individuals and drew great crowds to himself by the miracles he performed. He was the target of the Religious authorities who labelled him a blasphemer because he “even forgave sins and only God could do that”. Eventually, he was Crucified at the insistence of the High Priests and the Sanhedrin, who stirred up the Crowds. Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor gave in and had him nailed to the Cross between two thieves. When He died in great agony there, being yet sinless but bearing the sins of all mankind to the cross, “for us and for our salvation”, He opened the door of full salvation for all believers in every age.

His torturers, as he hung upon the Cross, taunted him and said, “If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross and save yourself and us.” One of the thieves said to his fellow prisoner, ‘Do you not fear God. This man has done no wrong, we are guilty. Then turning to Jesus he said,”Lord, remember me when you come into Your kingdom”. And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise”. (New King James Version). One of several things Jesus said from the Cross,”It is Finished” meaning he had won salvation for all mankind in every age. And so, Jesus died there in great agony and before sundown Joseph of Arimathea and with the authority of Pilate took Jesus’ body down from the Cross, wrapped it in linen and laid it in his own new Tomb.

Jesus died knowing that he was taking upon his own shoulders the sins of the whole world. In the Garden of Gethsemane’ on the evening of Maundy Thursday, he had prayed t0 be relieved of the suffering of the Cross, “and sweat great drops as of blood, said, “yet not my will but thine, Father”. Be it known that the suffering there was that of the Father and the Son, for they were one in will and purpose. So He died on that Good Friday and rose again early on Easter Sunday and was seen alive by many people over a period of forty days until he ascended into heaven in the presence of the Apostles as He said, “it is expedient for you that I go away… for if I do not go away I cannot send the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) to you. He meant by that He would be able to be with all believers in every age and available to empower all who turn to Him in Faith and obedience until He returns to judge the world at the end of the age. And He will return to welcome into the Kingdom of God, all who believe.

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