Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Great Physician



February 18

Daily Bible Reading: Mark 2 

Verse of the Day: Mark 2:35 – “And when Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus is here speaking to the Pharisees, who believed that they were righteous in God’s sight, and was challenging their thoughts. The word righteous means one who is upright, virtuous, and keeping the commands of God. The Pharisees saw themselves as such. Jesus came to change sinners (those devoted to sin, wicked) not to condone what they were doing. 

Jesus then (as well as today) demands repentance (a change of mind and will) that recognizes that one needs a Savior, and that Savior is Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Prayer: Today Jesus, as I ponder the verse in our reading, help me to be aware that I am one who is in need of a Savior. As I have seen clearly from Your Word, You are that Savior promised from the book of Genesis throughout the whole Old Testament, and have come, died 

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