“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mark 2:17, ESV
We get ‘schooled’ when we try to figure out Jesus. It is a radical adjustment to process His thoughts and motives. We watch and try to understand. Jesus dictates a certain level, and we as His disciples will need to adjust. Jesus declares that a select group will not need a doctors ministrations. But the doctor does have a role. There will be the ‘sick’, who need his attention.
The reality is that many are diseased and ill. It is something that links and connects us to each other. We are desperately sick, and we have no medicine. Jesus steps forward and intervenes. He takes us and ministers to us in our desperate condition. The diseased will be made healthy.
Jesus reaches ‘the sick’. That is who He wants. He makes the choice and that choice is us, full of infection and pain. His Kingdom consists of those who understand their illness. He bypasses the strong and the healthy. He spends little time with them. His heart is set on us who are broken and twisted. Our cancerous bodies have absolutely nothing to give Him.
His Kingdom is full of sick people. It, in a sense, is full with the ‘terminally ill’. It is we who have ‘attracted’ Him. Yet He has intensely sought us out. We gather like little chicks to his protective wings. We honestly do not have the ability even to protect ourselves.
Jesus declares that He has come for us. Sin is very near to us. We have the infection and we are completely vulnerable. We are not strong spiritually. There are many who excel before us. We can make no claim to anything of significance. But He has chosen us. Sovereignly and specifically. Strongly and decisively. He has collected us and brought us to His heart.