Leave the fear and go

Health insurance companies are strange. They sell a product that sick people need, but until recently, they never wanted to sell it to the sick. Even now there are health insurance companies that will not sell a person a policy to pay for “pre-existing conditions.”

Sin is a spiritual sickness that can claim spiritual life. When sin entered the world, death entered by it (Romans 5:12). One of the lessons the apostle Paul repeatedly taught in the book of Romans was that all people are spiritually sick because of sin. He wrote, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NASB).

It would appear that since all have sinned, all need a spiritual physician who can save people from sin, and that is Jesus. Surprisingly, in Jesus’ day there were people who had no desire for Jesus’ help and even criticized him for eating with sinners (Mark 2:15-16).

The scribes and Pharisees and their followers avoided contact with people they considered to be less than desirable. The common men and women of their day were avoided not only because they violated God’s commandments, but also because they violated the Pharisees’ rules and regulations. Therefore, these common people were sinners in the eyes of the Pharisees and they were not to be afforded any contact whatsoever.

That Jesus would eat with these common people confused the Pharisees. The Lord, however, explained to them that a physician goes where he is needed (Mark 2:17). People need a cure for sin even more than they need a cure for a physical disease because sin results in spiritual, eternal death. Where should the Great Physician be?

The problem the Jews had was that their contempt and fear separated them from the people they needed to teach. Their contempt for the sinners prohibited them from helping the very people who needed (and wanted) help. Their fear of “contamination” with sinners kept them from even finding the people who needed them.

Even today, it is possible for those who are saved to fall into the same trap. If we are frozen in our contempt and fear for sinners and are afraid to help them see the truth of the gospel, we may condemn those who need our help the most. We must be like Jesus who was not afraid.

There are people all over the world who need salvation. Will we not go to them with the gospel simply because of our own prejudices? Let us resolve to go to them and give them Jesus so they may be saved from sin.

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