He loves to see His poor, helpless, suffering patients come!
(James Smith, "The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior's Grace Displayed!")
"The whole head is sick, and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it — but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores!" Isaiah 1:5-6
Sin not only brings us under condemnation — but it assumes the character of a disease! It has infected the whole soul, and spoiled every faculty. We need healing — as well as pardon. Jesus, in the greatness of his love, provides for both. He becomes not only our Redeemer — but our Physician. He employs His Spirit, His Word, and His Providence — to bring us to a healthy state.
He lays open the wound to our view — and then applies His own most precious blood to heal it! He makes us to feel our sickness — and then bestows His grace to restore us to health. All healing is by His skill — and through His Spirit, grace, blood, and Word. He is the maker of the Balm of Gilead — and He is the Physician there.
He undertakes the healing of all who apply to Him! He never yet failed in any case! He heals all gratuitously. His wisdom shines in the management of every case — and also His skill in healing the most desperate and alarming cases. He acts so kindly and tenderly to all His patients, and heals so judiciously — that He wins the heart of every patient — and all are delighted with His skill.
Thousands throng Him — but not one is overlooked or neglected by Him. He is always at His office, and ready to heal. He loves to see His poor, helpless, suffering patients come — and always greets them with a hearty welcome.
The plague of the heart,
the plague of the head,
weakness in the hands,
feebleness in the knees,
disease in every form —
are easily removed by Him.
Before Him . . .
the lame man leaps like an deer,
the tongue of the dumb sings,
broken hearts rejoice, and
the blind see out of darkness and out of obscurity.
This process of healing is on-going — none are completely healed at present. And when they are healthy enough — they are sent from the hospital below — to paradise above! Every patient who is healed — is provided with a mansion above, and has a title to the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. There the inhabitants shall no more say, "I am sick," and the people who dwell there are forgiven their iniquities!
All His patients feel and manifest the symptoms of returning health — which are love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, meekness, goodness, faith, etc. But none of them rest satisfied with any symptoms; they all visit His office frequently, asking Him to complete the cure. And such is His love, kindness, and grace — that He assures all those who have a good work begun in them — that He will complete it in the day of His glorious appearing!