I remember the story of the Ethiopian evangelist very well.  This farmer received Christ after a SIM missionary shared the gospel with his village.  This farmer decided to take the gospel to other unreached villages that SIM would have no access too.  He gave his life, soul, and blood with all his heart, soul, mind and strength.  One day he became very ill.  He found his way to the SIM hospital and was healed.  My emotions were running so high – I felt the incredible need for a healing and there was a hospital that could heal.

Now I feel the same when Jesus declared that the sick are the ones that need to be healed and that He came to do exactly that.

What love Jesus has for us sinners.  Remember Levi, the tax collector that caused Jesus to make this statement in the first place.  He was of a hated corporate class of people – yet Jesus called him to follow.  He suffered the scorn of the Pharisees – yet Jesus accepted the invitation to sit down with him for dinner. He was excluded from all religious fellowship – yet Jesus called him a child of God, healed.

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.”  And he got up, left everything, and followed him.  Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house; and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them.  The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick;  I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.” – Luke 5:27-32

What to Do When Hope Deferred Makes Your Heart Sick



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