One of Jesus’ titles is the Great Physician. Ever wonder where it came from? Read on…
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
When Jesus called Matthew to follow Him, Matthew threw a big party and invited many of his cronies and other associates. The religious leaders criticized Jesus for attending the party. Let’s pick up the narrative in Matthew 9:12,
11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
There are other references to Jesus being a doctor. One is found in Luke 4:23, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Physician, heal yourself.’ What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.” Jesus was doing more than treating people; He was healing them!
The healings were the testimony of God the Father in Jesus’ life and ministry. Jesus said in John 5:31-32,
31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.
Pair this passage with John 10:25, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me,
And John 10:38, “But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
My take-away from these passages is that the miracles of Jesus, which include all the healings, were to bolster faith in Him as God coming down from heaven (Immanuel=”God with us”). When it comes to our health, the Father pretty much leaves us to our own choices and the continuing natural fall-out of sin. Jesus’ plan for us is expressed in John 17:24,
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
He wants us with Him! That’s exciting, and something to which to look forward. We no longer have to fear death, so if we live, we live for Christ, and if we die, we gain (Philippians 1:21).
So, now you know how Jesus got the title of the Great Physician.
Abba, I understand why You don’t heal everyone now in this life. You have a far, far better life awaiting us with You. I look forward to seeing You in Your glory, the glory You have had since before the creation of the world! My trust is in You, Lord. Amen.