Healing Is Necessary
Reread Matthew Chapter 9
Mt 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with Him and His disciples. 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. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Most of us have seen FB postings which include these words, “God loves gays (or homosexuals).” If you are not on Facebook, you have seen or heard that phrase in other venues and situations. Actually, it is a true statement. God does love same-sex attracted men and women. Today’s passage confirms that statement to be true. Jesus often mingled with sinners of all kinds and descriptions. However, when we see the phrase today, more often than not the writer is attempting to say that God does not condemn homosexuality – that He is perfectly okay with same-sex lusts and actions. That’s when the writer goes off-base with his thoughts.
If we examine this passage from Matthew closely, we will easily see why any statement which takes “God loves gays,” any further away from that basic phrase, is misleading. Included in this passage we see that Jesus called the sinners “sick.” Therefore, we can know that Christ recognized that the sinners He was associating with were sick. They were not well. They needed something to make them healthy. Jesus did not fellowship with sinners so that He could bless them in their sickness and walk away from them. His purpose was to make them well.
We are sinners and Jesus has “diagnosed” our illness. Same-sex lusts and actions are a sure indication that a man or woman is sick. That fact cannot be denied if we look at God’s word with a heart in tune with Him. Jesus knows that we are sick and in need of good health. We will not have good health if we continue to indulge in our fleshly desires. The tax collectors and sinners who came away from their encounter with Jesus without a willingness to give up their sickness were still sick after the encounter. By the same token, any SSA man or woman who is confronted with their “sickness” but walks away without a heart of repentance will remain sick.
When we are confronted with our sinfulness, we begin to “take the medicine” God has prescribed for us. A fortunate few of us may be granted instantaneous healing from our sickness. But most of us will experience a time-lapse healing. Many of us will be taking the “medicine” for a long time. Nevertheless, we are on our way toward complete healing. Jesus has not left us still ailing. Anyone who believes or teaches that God is okay with letting the sick remain sick is sadly mistaken. Jesus did not come to earth to allow the sick to remain sick.
Prayer: Father, thank You for giving us what and Who we need to ‘get well.’ Please go back to those who have refused Your message and walk among them once again. Give them another chance to heed Your warning, accept your diagnosis, and receive Your healing power. Lord, have mercy on our friends who remain ill.