Summary: “Jesus as the Great Physician is always available for assistance for salvation and in our spiritual life and to nurture us in our physical life as well.”

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Proposition: “Jesus as the Great Physician is always available for assistance for salvation and in our spiritual life and to nurture us in our physical life as well.”

Objective: My purpose is to challenge all, especially God’s people. to receive all the assistance that Jesus can offer.

INTRODUCTION: (Thanks to David Dykes for help on this)

William Hunter, a Methodist minister, wrote these words: The Great Physician now is near, The sympathizing Jesus; He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, Oh! Hear the voice of Jesus. Sweetest name in seraph song, Sweetest name on mortal tongue; Sweetest carol ever sung, Jesus, blessed Jesus. Your many sins are all forgiv’n, Oh! hear the voice of Jesus. Go on your way in peace to heav’n, And wear a crown with Jesus.

Health care has changed in the last 50 years very much. Seldom did one go to a hospital and doctors in rural areas made house calls. They were mostly general practice and they would make the rounds in the area. They would put a sign on the door that said, “The doctor is out.” A person needing to see the doctor would wait or go away disappointed. The other side of the sign, “The doctor is in.” Today, we can give thanks that our Great Physician, is in. He is available to help you right now—no waiting, since He is here available to assist any and all who need Him. You don’t have to go away disappointed today.

The people at Nazareth were astonished that Joseph’s and Mary’s son could speak as He did. They wondered at His preaching, but they did not take it to heart. They had heard of His reputation at Nazareth, but they did not believe (Mark 6:5), so Jesus did not work any miracles there. They wanted proof. Jesus illustrates His point with reference to two great prophets, Elijah who was cared for by a widow woman of Sidon (1 Kings 17:8ff) and Elisha who healed the leper Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5:1-14). What angered the people was the compli-ment that Jesus paid to these Gentiles. The Jews were so infuriated at this as they believed that they were God’s people that they despised all others. The Jews believed that “God had created the Gentiles to be fuel for the fires of hell.” And here was this young Jesus preaching as if they were specially favored of God. Their response was: “Grace to the Gentiles? Get out of Dodge!” So anger swept through the whole congregation (“God for the Jews”) and they ran out of town and even tried to kill Him. Though the cliff hasn’t been identified, Nazareth is built on the edge of a mountain. To the west the ground drops very rapidly to the fertile Jezreel Valley below. Without hearing or trial, and in violation of both Jewish and Roman law, His townspeople intended to kill Him by throwing Him over a precipice, perhaps as a prelude to stoning. When the Jews at Nazareth threw Him out of their synagogue and tried to murder him for preaching the Gospel, our Lord came down to Capernaum, another Galilean city. Let’s follow Him at Capernaum, His adopted town now. Jesus refers to Himself as Physician. Now we see that the Great Physician is now ready to serve.

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