I’d like to take a moment in reflection of today’s events in my family. I have a 2 1/2 year-old son, Caleb, who took a trip to the emergency room today. He took an unseen fall in his bedroom and bloodied himself a bit. Four stitches and and some serious parental sweat later, you’d barely be able to tell that he was hurt if you watched him play. The emergency room was pretty traumatic for him, and it was for me too as the designated comforter during the suturing. Before and after he was his normal sefl, though.
That said, I’m pretty impressed with the skill of the medical staff that helped him. The the things medical science can do routinely amaze me. It makes me think of what God said as He watched we humans work away at the tower of Babel.
“The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.” (Genesis 11:6)
The capacity of the human mind is astounding, even as a pitiful reflection of God’s unsearchable knowledge. That the power of the human mind is so aptly seen in medical science bears reflection on the role of Jesus Christ as our Great Physician. Doctors can do so much to heal the body, but they cannot heal the soul. Only God can forgive sin, and He has done so in the person of His beloved Son, Jesus Christ:
When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, “Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?” And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:16-17)
In a month or so i will get a hefty bill for our little visit. No matter: it’s a small price to pay for the well-being of my son. The Great Physician charges nothing (Eph 2:8-9), though, save for the acknowledgment of those who are sick that ther are indeed sick. Jesus puts it another way here:
And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains. (John 9:39-41)
Today I praised God in prayer with my wife and children that God heals the soul, and that we need only come to him in our need. I praise God that today’s drama was more stress than danger. More than that I praise God that the real danger of sin (Rom 6:23) has been dealt with at the cross through the finished work of His Son.