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The Names of Christ
"NAMES OF CHRIST"© -is a book written by Dr. James Modlish
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Lesson Thirteen

The Great Physician

(Mark 2:16,17)

Introduction: The earliest civilizations that we know about had physicians. The Babylonians left medical writings describing various diseases so clearly that doctors today can readily recognize them. The Bible acknowledges the existence of the Egyptian physicians (Gen. 50:2). They believed that illness was caused by an evil spirit coming to live in the patient's body. Medical treatments usually included prayers to drive out the evil spirits, but they also included pills and ointments containing drugs such as opium and lubricants such as castor oil. From that day until this, there have been incredible advances in the field of medicine. During the Renaissance barbers practiced medicine; today the field is so vast that no one man can master all available medical information. Consequently, specialists dominate the medical scene.

There was one physician, however, who mastered every field with a 100% success ratio. He never lost a patient, even though He was unaided by anesthesia, antiseptics, drugs, chemotherapy, and surgery.

Consider the following credentials of the Great Physician:

I. Dermatologist - (Lk. 5:12-15)

When Christ touches the leper, He is in a sense violating the law of Moses (Lev. 13:46); yet the Mosaic priest is allowed to touch the leper by means of shed blood (Lev. 14:14).

The lesson is obvious. Christ bore our infirmities as well as our sins (Matt. 8:17), and as our great High Priest (Heb. 3:1), He can apply the remedy for the leprosy of sin. The gift that Moses commanded is linked with the requirements for cleansing in (Lev. 14:19-24).

II. Orthopedic Specialist - (Lk. 6:6-11)

Nor only did Jesus heal the withered hand, but also healed a crippled woman (Lk. 13:11-13).

III. Preventative medicine - (Jn. 5:14)

Jesus went a step further with the lame man in His telling the man how to stay well. The prescription was to abstain from sin.

IV. Hematologist - (Mk. 5:25-29)

The physicians of Jesus' day, with all the knowledge that was available to them, could not heal the woman with the issue of blood. Even Hippo crates knew that, on the part of both the patient and the physician, virtue was essential to the healing process.

V. Pediatrician - (Jn. 4:46-54)

Not only did Jesus heal the nobleman's son of his physical infirmity, but He proved to be an expert in pediatric psychiatry (Lk. 9:3742; Matt. 15:21-28).

VI. Neurologist - (Matt. 8:5-13)

Palsy is a disorder of the central nervous system that leads to paralysis.

VII. Otolaryngologist - (Mk. 7:31-37)

Deafness and related problems have remained a mystery to a great degree, even to this day. However, these problems were not too great for the greatest healer of all. (Matt. 15:29-38)

VIII. Ophthalmologist - (Jn. 9)

Here is an occasion where Jesus gave a prescription and the man had to go to the pharmacy (pool of Siloam) by faith to get the completed cure. God, by design, does not make all cures instant.

IX. Cardiologist - (Lk. 14:1-4)

Not only is Jesus a cardiologist, but He further specializes in hydropathology. Dropsy is defined as "an unnatural collection of water anywhere in the body." It is often associated with the heart; consequently digitalis is prescribed as a remedy and/or corrective treatment.

X. Psychiatrist - (Lk. 8:26-39; 35-43)

1900 years after Jesus provided the cure, Freud probed to find the cause of mental disorders.

XI. Postmortem resuscitative specialist - (Mk. 5:22-24)

Furthermore Jesus had special experience in digestive recovery physiology (vs. 43). "...give here something to eat. "

XII. Plastic Surgery - (Lk. 22:50,51)

XIII. Forensic Medicine - (Jn. 11:1-46)

"Forensic" simply means "having to do with public or judicial debate. " Because that is usually associated with death, the word has become fairly synonymous with the duties of a coroner. Jesus raises them; Quincy leaves them DEAD!


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