Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Title: Jesus the Surgeon
By Wong King Wai
Luke 5:31-32 – Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who needs a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
In Luke 5 verses 27 to 32, we see Jesus asking Levi, also known as Matthew, to follow him. Levi/Matthew was a tax collector and obeyed Jesus’ call. Levi/Matthew also had a banquet where he invited his friends, mostly tax collectors, to come and meet Jesus. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law complained to Jesus’ disciples (v30b), “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” And we then hear Jesus say the above lines.
Not many of us have had dramatic conversions like Levi/Matthew. His conversion may seem like a sudden thing as we read in this passage but it speaks volumes about how Jesus knows the heart of a sick man.
Some of us may have done bad things, so bad in fact that we feel there is no hope for redemption or salvation. Some things may have been said and done that cannot be reversed and the sense of condemnation always hangs over us. Sometimes, the physical markings or the looks by certain people or just their presence can trigger a deep sense of shame and revulsion.
That could be the case for Levi/Matthew, after having lived a life of sin, being in a despised profession. Maybe he wanted to change but couldn’t see any way to turn his life around. Then Jesus came and provided THE way out of a life of sin and spiritual sickness.
Jesus came to save the sinner and heal the spiritually sick. He is able to excise the malignant growth of sin with deft hands and bring healing to the once diseased area. The only way for Him to do that is if we surrender to Him, and let Him diagnose us with His love and all knowing knowledge, and accept His ministrations.
While salvation is instant, the surgery and recovery process can take time. The searching and discovery of the issue and later medication and the physiotherapy may not be easy but we know that we are not alone in our recovery. We have the Holy Spirit to comfort us and guide us, and we have the church, the family of God, to provide community and support.
Do not be afraid to come before God if you need saving from sin and spiritual healing. The healer of the soul is always waiting for you.
PRAYER: My heavenly Father. Forgive me for being arrogant or proud, for not coming before You with my issues of sin and struggle. I am tired of trying to figure it all out. Heal me and set me free, for I cannot find peace or rest without Your grace and love. Thank You for healing my soul. Teach me to be gracious and loving to others so that they may be encouraged and supported. Thank You for everything. In Jesus name, I pray, AMEN.
路加福音第5章27至32节，我们看到耶稣呼召利未，也被称为马太，跟随祂。利未/马太是名税吏，他听从了耶稣的召唤。利未/马太还摆了一个筵席，邀请他的朋友(大部分是税吏)来与耶稣见面。法利赛人和文士向耶稣的门徒发怨言(第30b节)：“你们为什么和税吏并 ‘罪人’ 一同吃喝呢？” 之后我们听到耶稣说了上面的话。