July 10, 2012
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 2:17
Well, the Supreme Court has made its decision about health care. They've decided, and the rest of us will have to wait a bit to find out exactly what that means, and how it is going to play out.
Maybe I'd better rephrase that. Let's say most of us will have to wait.
You see the people in Rushville, Illinois, aren't that concerned about Supreme Court decisions concerning health. That's because Rushville's town M.D., a fellow by the name of Russell Dohner, is not the kind of guy who gets frazzled by inflation, the cost of malpractice insurance, and the skyrocketing dollars being poured into medical research.
Let me tell you a bit about Doctor Dohner. "Doc" has been in Rushville since 1955. When he came to town, he charged his patients $2 for an office visit. In the 1970s, he had to up that fee. Now he asks them to fork over -- are you ready for this -- five whole dollars.
Dr. Dohner's office is open seven days a week, and he's never had a vacation. His staff has stuck with him over the years, and many folks in that town express their love for a man who is so obviously committed to their well-being.
That is as it should be. People should always be grateful for a doctor who is willing to make some sacrifices for them.
This explains why you and I need to be thankful we have the Savior we do.
You see, in Jesus we have a unique Physician -- a Physician who outshines Dr. Dohner.
Let me explain: Although Dr. Dohner keeps his clinic open all week long, he is still physically limited by the number of people he can help. Jesus, however, has the ability to assist and save every man, woman and child this world can produce.
While, Dr. Dohner's rates are incredibly low, Jesus charges absolutely nothing for the work He has undertaken on our behalf. Dr. Dohner is 87 years old, and the day will come when his shingle will have to come down. In contrast to Dr. Dohner's earthly ending, Jesus has already faced and conquered death. Now He has said that anyone who follows and believes in Him will also live forever.
Then there is this final difference: no matter how good he is, no matter how wise he is, no matter the medicines placed at his disposal all of Dr. Dohner's patients will eventually die.
Not so for those who believe on Jesus. Those who have been healed by the Savior will live forever. More than that, the time will come when Jesus will bring them into a place where sickness, sorrow, sadness and death are eliminated. Once and for all they will be banished.
And that's the most a person can ask from any doctor.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, may I always be thankful my eternal life was won on the cross by Your unfair death. In Your Name and for Your sacrifice I give thanks. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries