I haven’t read the Bible in a while, so I decided to start reading it again, starting with the New Testament because I love reading about the Savior’s life. Yesterday, as I was reading in the book of Mark, I came across a wonderful nugget of wisdom. In Mark Chapter 2, verses 15-17, it says:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. 16 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17 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.
My message today is about the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. During His time on Earth, Jesus performed many miracles, including healing the blind, curing lepers, and raising people from the dead. While these were great works, they only showed a small portion of His power and authority. His ultimate purpose for coming to Earth and living the life of a mortal man was to perform the Atonement, to suffer and die for our sins and provide a way for us to overcome our shortcomings as imperfect beings. Like the scripture in Mark states, “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.” As we are all imperfect, we have been called to repentance. I personally find great comfort in the fact that Jesus would sit down to eat and drink with me even though I am a sinner.
My invitation to everyone today is to read the entire chapter of Mark 2 and think about what Jesus Christ has done for you. I testify that He truly did suffer, die, and was resurrected for every one of us. He knows every one of our pains and sorrows because he experienced them. Never forget that while you are going through a difficult trial in your life, Jesus Christ understands what you are going through. Take comfort in His infinite love and know that He wants you to be happy and to be the best that you can be. His hand is always stretched out for us, all we have to do is take it.