When you find yourself sick, what’s your first reaction? Do you search your symptoms online, make appointments, or try a natural remedy? Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals experience extensive training to diagnose, treat, and assist you. However, there’s also a divine physician who can treat and heal any disease, no matter how incurable or unimaginable. Mark 2:17 is a healing Scripture that shows us God’s desire to touch our lives.
Just prior to this verse, Jesus asked Levi, a tax collector, to come and become His disciple. After Levi joined Jesus, they ate a meal together along with other tax collectors and sinners. These groups are specifically mentioned in this passage as they were of the same social status.
Tax collectors were viewed as having betrayed their fellow Jews by taking their income from them and working for the Roman government. However, Jesus chose not just to talk to these groups, but to sit and eat with them. Jesus broke down all barriers to reach even the most outcast souls. He’s the ultimate physician of your spirit and body. It’s not the healthy who need the immediate help of a doctor, but the sick. If you’re sick, make time in your schedule for an “appointment” with the God who cares deeply for you.
Repentance in the Bible
As we dig into this verse, we uncover interesting questions. Jesus said that He didn’t come to call the righteous, but to call sinners to repentance. But what does repentance look like and how does it relate to healing?
We all have received an apology that wasn’t backed up by actions or authenticity. Perhaps we have even witnessed the same behavior occurring repeatedly. These untruthful actions can sting and cause us not to trust our friends, family, and neighbors. However, when God calls us to repentance and we approach Him for His saving grace, He’s faithful and just to forgive us and completely transform us into new beings.
The Hebrew word for repentance is teshuva, which means “to return.” When God calls us to repentance, He’s calling us to leave our ways and return to His ways. Jesus took all our sins on His own body so that we could live a life of freedom. When we seek healing, we can run to God’s loving arms to find hope. Just as He is faithful to return us to a life of wholeness when we turn from our sin, He’s faithful to return us to healing when our bodies are sick.