As the 6 year-old races his bicycle down the steep, paved path, the handle bars begin to wobble back and forth. Being new to bicycle riding, the boy holds on as best he can. But pretty soon, the handle bars turn sideways. The bike pitches forward. The boy puts his hands out to break his fall. The pavement claws his fingers and knuckles. His chin slams into the pavement which drags his head down, hitting his nose and then his forehead. Blood runs from his nose, chin, and fingers onto the pavement. The boy begins to scream. A nearby boy is frozen in place, watching the scene in shock. The grandfather scoops the boy into his arms and checks his injuries. The doctor at the hospital says he needs some stitches in his chin, but the injuries are fairly minor.
Most of us remember bicycle wrecks, broken bones, and falls from trees. We still obey the lessons we learned about being careful and not taking foolish risks. And when we are hurting, or we see someone else in physical peril, we are grateful for those who save us from even more problems with stitches, casts, and surgeries. Jesus does the same, but on a far more important level. He saves us from eternal consequences. In Mark 2:17, Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” When Jesus said this, he was speaking to people who criticized him for eating with “tax collectors and sinners.” Jesus’ response reveals that the greatest danger is thinking you don’t need a doctor – not knowing you need help. Everyone needs spiritual help from Jesus. Have you been seeking his help?