PTB3-23: The Great Physician, the Christian American Conscience, and the Sermon on the Mount Part II.

PTB3-23:  The Great Physician, the Christian American Conscience and the Sermon on the Mount Part II.

Contents

The Great Physician Meaning. 1

1.  Body and soul. 1

Matthew 7:21-23.. 4

2.  Jesus is known as “The Great Physician,” especially due to the many miracles He performed during His earthly ministry. 6

#1 Jesus Heals the Body. 6

#2 Jesus Heals the Mind and the Heart. 6

#3 Jesus Heals the Soul. 7

Conclusion.. 8

Satan wants us to think that our favorite wicked narcissist hypocrite—such a person that it hurts to do good for someone else—is untouchable.  Not so, through the power of God and prayer nothing or no one is beyond the pall of God’s love and power and prayer. Absolutely nothing is impossible for our Heavenly Father, and He also is sets the example that He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should have everlasting life. They can be touched; and in doing so, you will save a soul and hide a multitude of sins.  Granted that the wicked narcissist is also Satan’s favorites, and he will do anything he can to keep them in the oblivious state that they are in.  Yet Greater is He that is in us, than He that is in the world and runs the world as the prince of the power of the air.  Jesus as the great and healing physician, time and again, while on earth showed His power over Satan, just one such case was the maniac of Gadara, who was restored in his right mind. 

1.  Body and soul.

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it. (Ecclesiastes 8:8)

We of the Christian American Conscience and the Good Christian Life revel in our eternity of soul, working and believing hard that we do not miss it.  And whether the rest of the world likes it our not, God made man eternally of a body and soul, and your soul will live forever, albeit it in a good place with God or a bad place with Satan.  One thing we can know for sure even with the wicked narcissist or the hypocrite, that all have the freedom of choice on that ultimate destination.  With this in mind, while Jesus was preaching the Sermon on the Mount, He kept in mind the eternal soul welfare as well as the body, needing food and raiment welfare.  In the two big continuous passages of the Sermon, the beatitudes of Matthew 5:1-8 and the false prophet passage of Matthew 7:13-22 is first of all presenting the citizenship requirements for the eternal kingdom and in the latter he strives to present those of their own freedom of choice will be left out as false prophets.

We will in the second part of each of the 3 books in the series—who is Jesus, the teachings of Jesus, and social implications, strive to present other teachings of Jesus.  Of course, like the Apostle John wrote, there are so many other things that Jesus said and did that even the world could not contain the books that could be written, and think about how through the ages of 2021 years, that library has grown with literature about the Lord Jesus Christ.  All this was stated in order to say that Jesus’ teachings on the warnings of not doing good for others socially.  Recall how His disciples learned to say from Him that “knowing to do good, and doing it not” is wrong and sin.  This tidbit of truth leads in turn to say that the narcissist and the hypocrites have something in common—they can not and will not do good for others, it hurts them and you have seen that behavior.  What then are the dangers for those two large groups of people?

First, Jesus on the danger of not even giving a cup of water to someone else.  Yes, that it is hard to realize but Jesus says that terrible things will happen to the individual that choices to not help a fellow human with a social need. 

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34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

And since it is important that you see the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount of social importance, this passage comes form Matthew 25 where the beginning is:

“25 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.”

In other words the other teachings of Jesus like in Matthew 25 deal with the kingdom of heaven.

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Of course, there is always the good Samaritan story Jesus told in the like nature of parables, and which fits the social behavior, or lack of social behavior, for so many.

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Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

NOTE:  More can be added, but you see the point; and if anyone, anywhere does not feel convicted to do something for somebody else, they are too far gone as a hypocrite or narcissist to be redeemable, or almost redeemable.  And the mere fact, that they feel absolutely no motivation even though considered a good Christian with good Christian values to do others good, should cause them concern.

There are enough Christians in the world to eliminate all social problems, but we concentrate on food and raiment—“is not the body more than food and raiment”, Jesus said.  { “The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.”, Luke 12:23}.  I am writing of the social problems of the soul—destructive Jezebel sex, MTD, narcissism, and bullying (shooting in schools).    In the first place, reach them for Christ, as the Christian youth of the good Christian life and conscience, can not and will not do those things.  Sandy Hotchkiss is a little harsh in her book against Narcissism, where she writes in the last two chapters of “Only You can prevent narcissism” with those last two chapters on narcissism in society and the responsibility of parents, but whether we like to admit it or not, there is a lot of truth to what she says, we just do not apply the teachings of the great soul and social physician to our daily activities.

True, these are more  matters for God and Jesus, but we as Christians are entrusted to continue the ministry of Jesus on earth; we must assist in Jesus name and utilize to the maximum the power of God in prayer, fervent prayer.

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.

19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his (or her in the case of our favorite wicked narcissist) way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

True, we should avoid them because like Julie Hall says they can never love us; however we can fervently pray that the power of God act in their life, they are no match for the power and love of God.

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mark 2:17 KJV)

     2.  Jesus is known as “The Great Physician,” especially due to the many miracles He performed during His earthly ministry.

The Bible tells us that “a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick” (John 6:2 ESV). He healed many sick people in the cities he traveled to. But Jesus wanted more than to heal their physical bodies. He wanted them to believe in Him.

#1 Jesus Heals the Body

When we read the four gospels in the Bible, we see many accounts of miraculous healings that Jesus performed. He healed people from leprosy (Luke 17:11-19), paralysis (Matthew 9:1-8), blindness (Matthew 9:27-31), deafness (Mark 7:31-37), and other illnesses. He cured many people (Luke 4:40). He even brought three dead people back to life: the son of a widow (Luke 7:11-17), the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5:21-24,35-43), and Lazarus (John 11:1-44).

He once said, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe” (John 4:48 NKJV). All the signs and wonders Jesus performed had the purpose of proving that He was the Son of God, the promised Messiah (John 20:30-31).

A clear example of the purpose behind the miracles is His healing of a man born blind (John 9:1-41). This was a miracle that no one has ever heard of before (John 9:32). The Jews knew that only someone sent from God would be able to do it (John 9:33). That’s why the Pharisees did everything they could to dismiss this miracle, up to the point of excommunicating the main witness (John 9:34). They knew, if they admitted that Jesus had done it, they would have to admit that He was the Messiah. So, they kept on refusing to believe the evidence because they didn’t want to believe in Jesus (John 9:39-41).

#2 Jesus Heals the Mind and the Heart

During His ministry, Jesus didn’t heal only people’s physical bodies. He cared for the other aspects of their ailments as well. He knew what they needed besides getting rid of their sicknesses.

For example, when Jesus healed a man with leprosy in Matthew 8:1-4, He first touched him. We don’t know for how long that man had been sick. Due to the strict laws regarding skin diseases, we can assume that, for the duration of his illness, no one had ever touched him, until Jesus did. His touch was the first physical contact he had had in a long time.

Jesus also told him to show himself to the priest and follow what the Law of Moses determined that he should do in that case. The procedure would allow him to be socially and religiously active again. After the priest confirmed his healing, he would be able to go to the Temple, to move back inside the city, and to touch and be touched. He would have his normal life back. It was not only about physical healing. Jesus took care of this man’s emotional, social, and psychological needs as well.

The Bible mentions other aspects of the mind and the heart that Jesus takes care of. For example, He takes care of our anxiety (1 Peter 5:7). He gives us peace (John 14:27), rest (Matthew 11:28), and joy (John 15:11). He gives purpose to our lives (Philippians 1:21) and makes us part of His family (John 1:12). Every good thing that we have and everything we need comes from the Father through Him (James 1:17).

#3 Jesus Heals the Soul

The multitudes didn’t understand why Jesus came to the world. They sought Him for the miracles. But He came to do much more than heal physical illnesses (Mark 2:8-12). He came to save us from the condemnation that our sins deserve (John 5:24).
But, first, a person needs to recognize that they are spiritually dead and incapable of getting themselves healed. Self-righteousness will only keep people away from the only One who can save them.

The apostle Peter quoted a prophecy from the Old Testament when he said that Jesus “Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24 NKJV). Christ suffered the punishment of our sins and gave us eternal life instead (Romans 6:23).

Jesus can still heal our bodies. But what good does it do to have a perfectly healthy body and lose our souls into eternal damnation (Matthew 16:26)? So, let’s be grateful to the Great Physician for the amazing gift He gave us: salvation from our sins and eternal life with God.

Conclusion

Jesus never promised to heal each and every sickness in this life. We will experience suffering (John 16:33). But Jesus wants us to be healed and saved from our sins. That’s why He died and was resurrected. The Bible tells us that, one day, we will meet with Him (1 Thessalonians 4:17). He will give us an immortal body (1 Corinthians 15:54). There will be no more sickness, no more pain. We will be free from all suffering (Revelation 21:4). And we will enjoy eternity in His glorious presence.

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