By Rebekah Leavell

And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 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 2:16-17

For the first time in my life, I have a new perspective on these verses due to this once in a lifetime pandemic in which we have found ourselves. All the medical resources available in our society have been directed towards those who know they are sick. The yearly routine physicals or just general medically related appointments have been suspended. The doctors do not want to see you in their offices unless it is absolutely imperative. Our own orthodontist canceled our regular appointment to check on our son’s braces and is only seeing clients who have emergency situations. All elective surgeries have been suspended across the country.

One rampant virus is currently running the show across the globe.

As devastating as this virus is, every human on this planet is plagued with a disease that is far worse. Our world has faced a pandemic of sin and evil that has infected everyone on the planet since Adam and Eve first ate the fruit in rebellion against God’s singular mandate. The plague of sin is the most serious in existence because it spans every generation and affects us all both now and for all of eternity. No amount of hand washing or sanitized gloves can keep you from this sickness. You already have it and are showing symptoms. However, unlike our current physical pandemic, our spiritual pandemic has a permanent cure given to us by God Himself.

Just as we cannot receive medical help for a rampant virus without acknowledging that we are sick and not able to heal ourselves, we are not able to receive the spiritual cure of our sin that keeps us separated from relationship with God unless we admit that we are sick and need the only medicine that can save our souls: Jesus.

As we celebrate Good Friday and Easter at this time of the year, we are even more mindful and aware of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross to save us from our disease of sin and His glorious resurrection proving His victory.

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” II Corinthians 5:21

According to the Mark passage, those who believe they are righteous on their own apart from Christ will not be called upon by Jesus. When we know and acknowledge we are sick and dying in need of His exclusive cure of salvation, He gives us His righteousness and relationship with The Father! Read the book of Mark and learn more about who Jesus is and His perfect life and death in our place to remove the curse of sin from us all!

If you would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact Biblical Counseling of Arizona! Any of our counselors would love to have a conversation with you about how you can know that you have a personal relationship with Jesus! If you have any doubts of your standing with God, please reach out today!