February 9, 2003Pm     “The Great Physician”        Mark 1:29-39

By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church


Our Mission is to live our lives every day,

so that others can see Christ living in us.


Sermon Tip of the Day:  Are you speaking their language?  Are you communicating effectively?  Are you leaving the results to the Great Physician?  Feelings:  Fear, doubt, mistrust, and pain.


Do you have great pain?  Are you having trouble focusing on the tiny things in life?  Are constantly tired of going on?  Are you burning up with a fever?  Is your throat constantly sore and irritated?  Is your body functioning as they should be?  The two times I remember being in the hospital as a patient I remember having great pain and a non-functioning arm.  As a matter of fact I had broken my arm while I was playing football.  The other time was much later when I had a constantly infected throat.  That time I had to have my tonsils removed before I could recover and be returned to a normal measure of health.  The doctors and nurses played key roles in my recoveries and healing.  But the healing could not have occurred if my body had not healed.  That healing came from the Great Physician. 

Before we can begin to help others and live the life, we must be healed.  We must go to the doctor to get healed and helped.  You may live an earthly life without a doctor, but you can never live an eternal life without the Great Physician.  Before we can live now so that others can see Christ living in us, we must come to Him for healing.  He is the Great Physician that heals all of your diseases.  We can get medicine and follow the plan of care to find healing, but without Christ we can never be completely healed.  Are you whole?  Will you come to the Great Physician? 


Scripture Text:  Mark 1:29 (KJS) And forthwith, when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell him of her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. 32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. 33 And all the city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him. 35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All [men] seek for thee. 38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.


Why is He called the “Great Physician”?  He can heal anything.

Here are Jesus’ ten steps for healing. 


1.  Do you need to call the doctor?  Will you call on him for help?  V.37  “All men seek for thee.”  For all have sinned and come short of the glory of the Lord.  Humankind was created perfect but when sin came into the world then death came and sickness came. 

Jer. 8:19 Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?" "Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?" 20 "The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved." 21 Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?  Jesus is the balm of Gilead.


2.  Types of illnesses: An illness is a condition marked by pronounced deviation from the normal healthy state: sickness.  It affects us physically, spiritually, and emotionally.


3.  Tell Him how you feel.  Is there a disease that He cannot heal?  Tell Him where it hurts, honestly, openly, privately, and truthfully.  Do you want to be healed? 


4.  Let Him give you a check up, and let Him touch you.  Do you trust Him to make the right touch?  Do you trust Him to not abuse you or use?  Will you trust that his healing is what you need to be made whole again?   Let Him give you the test: 


5.  Let Him see the vital signs, which are symptoms of the need. 

Blood pressure,  (how much blood is going through your veins)

History,  (age, family history, past problems)

Height and weight,  (how big or how small are you now?)

Temperature, (are you hot, cold, or lukewarm?)  Which is preferable?


6.  Let Him make a diagnosis of your condition.  Let him show you what you need.


7.  Let Him give you a prescription for healing or a plan of care. 


8.  Take the medicine.  Follow his direction for your plan of healing. 


9.  Wait for his healing.  Depend on his strength. 


10. Go forward in health to live with Him and minister to Him as Peter’s mother in law.  Then you can sing his praises.  One day we will be completely healed of all of our diseases. 


Mark 2:16 (NIV) When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and `sinners'?" 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."


He has come to heal and help you. 


Speaking to his physician, John cried in great perplexity, "I might not live a week!" "Of course you may not, John, but very likely you will, and the medicine will be in the house; it will keep; and if you find yourself getting worse, you could take some. I shall not charge anything for it. If you should feel worse tomorrow you might begin even then." "Sir, I may be dead tomorrow!" "When would you propose to begin your medicince then, John?" "Well, sir, I hoped you would tell me to begin today." "Begin today, by all means," consented the doctor, kindly. "I am glad to see you realize how foolish it is to put off taking this medicine." And then the physician, reflecting upon their past conversations about spiritual matters, inquired, "But are you not being just as foolish when you put off taking the medicine which the Great Physician has provided for your sin-sick soul? I plead with you, John; don't put it off!"  From Bible Illustrator. 




As you may or may not know, I just recently had a bout with a rather large (and quite stubborn) kidney stone.  The painful reputation of kidney stones is well known.  The pain has often described as the worst pain a person has ever suffered even by women who have given birth.  It is reported to be more painful than a gun shot.  At the height of my pain, I felt worse than someone getting shot while giving birth!


While lying in the hospital (with my only companion a big blue IV pump), I had some thinking to do about my episode.  It dawned on me that sin is like a kidney stone.  Notice, for example:


A LITTLE BIT CAN DO A LOT OF DAMAGE - It's amazing how such a little object as a kidney stone can bring a big man literally to his knees in pain.  I'm sure you remember the product ad a few years ago that stated, "little dab will do ya"--well, in sin, as in kidney stones, a little dab will do you in!  It only takes one unrepented sin to keep you out of heaven (Jas. 2:10).


YOU HAVE PAIN, THEN IT GOES AWAY--BUT THE PROBLEM IS STILL THERE - I can verify that that's the way kidney stones work--the pain comes in waves--sometimes weeks apart.  Sin is the same way--it may hurt for awhile, but if we're not careful, we can become numb to it (Eph. 4:17-19).


IF NOT TAKEN CARE OF IT CAN DO A LOT OF DAMAGE - People have been known to lose kidneys because they did not seek the proper help with a kidney stone problem.  Sin, also left unchecked or unforgiven, can do a lot of damage to your precious soul (Jas. 1:14-15).


IT IS VERY PAINFUL TO GET OUT - As much pain as having the kidney stone in my body was, having it taken out was also very painful (I had to have laser surgery--many must painfully pass them).  I heard all the jokes (even made some myself);  "this too shall pass"; "everything will come out all right," etc. Sin also is painful (hard) to get out of our lives. It is addictive in nature (Psa. 119:61).


ONCE GONE, THE RELIEF IS FANTASTIC - As I type this I am feeling some better.  The stone has been removed from my body, and a burden has lifted from my mind.  Soon the pain will be totally gone.  I am free of my nemesis!  The knowledge of sin being removed from our lives (thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus) should bring great relief and joy to our lives (Rom. 5:11).


ONCE YOU HAVE ONE, THE CHANCE OF RECURRENCE IS VERY HIGH - It takes discipline (change of diet, following doctor's orders, etc.) to prevent a future kidney stone from coming.  Sin is no different--once give in to temptation, it is easy to give in again.  We must be following the Great Physician's prescription to prevent future sins from occurring (1 John 1:7-9).


Getting rid of my kidney stone was a harrowing experience.  I pray that you never  get a kidney stone, but more than that, I pray that you do not let sin stay in your life. - Edd Sterchi