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May 9 – Jesus our soul-physician

“When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”” – Mark 2:17 

Scripture reading: Mark 2:13-17

There is no better Soul-Physician than Jesus. However, just like in Jesus’ day, today there are people who are not willing to acknowledge that they need a soul-physician… The Pharisees despised Levi the tax-collector. They thought it dishonoured Jesus to go and eat with him because they would never mingle with sinners like that; they were better. They looked down on sinners. Self-righteous people still do that.

Before Levi met Jesus, he didn’t follow Jesus. Neither did he desire obedience or deliverance. Levi didn’t pray… he didn’t breathe, spiritually speaking… he loved his money more than God. Jesus tells us that He came just for such sinners! When Jesus called him, Levi suddenly had the power and desire to leave everything and follow Jesus.

Jesus called Levi to repentance. Jesus still calls sinners to repentance. After salvation, we realize more and more how much we need our Soul-Physician because often we can’t breathe the way we want to. We can’t follow the way we want to; we still feel weak at times. And yet, Jesus heals our soul!

Are you sick of your sin? There is a Soul-doctor for you! Jesus is His name! He heals by dying in the place of those who are dead in trespasses and sins. He prescribes a simple medicine… Repentance, and He is willing and able to give it to you. Never forget that His prescription is free of charge to us, but expensive for Him. It cost His life!

Suggestions for prayer

Thank God for Jesus our Soul-Physician and the healing power of the cross, pray for greater spiritual health and deeper repentance.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  

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