Mark 2:1-17, Jeremiah 16-19

Mark 2:17 – And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Lord Jesus, it’s easy for me to forget how sick I really am.  It’s easy to look around and see people who sinners more or differently than I do.  It’s easy to stand around and look at how I’m going to church while they’re not.  It’s easy to stand around and compare myself with everyone else.  And when I take that perspective I forget how sick I am. But Jesus that’s a dangerous perspective to take and to have.  Lord Jesus, if I don’t know that I’m sick, why would I ever bother to see the doctor.  And worse, Jesus, if I’m not sick, then you’re not for me.  But the truth is Jesus, I am sick. More than I even know. More than I can ever understand.  My pride and my comparison with other people reveals my sickness of pride.  Lord Jesus, show me my pride, my hypocrisy, my sin and my soul sickness. And then, Jesus, heal me.  Heal me with your forgiveness.  Heal me with your righteousness – now there is something to boast about!!  Heal me with your power and your might.  Lord Jesus, you are for me.  I am sick and I need you every day.  Heal me.  Amen.