The Great Physician

Tim Watts
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"The great Physician now is near. The sympathizing Jesus; He speaks the drooping heart to cheer, O hear the voice of Jesus. Sweetest note in seraph song, Sweetest name on mortal tongue; Sweetest carol ever sung. Jesus, blessed Jesus."

Every ward was full to capacity. Of the infected, many anxiously awaited the ONE who could exert a healing influence while others seemed unconcerned that their health condition was so grave. The sufferers included young and old, rich and poor, male and female of every na­tion and language upon earth. The sickness you ask? SIN-the debilitat­ing disease that can and will damn the souls of mankind.  At last, the Healer came! When John declared, "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29), he understood that before him was the One of whom it was said "with his stripes we are healed" (Isa. 53:5). "The great Physician now is near!" Today we are down the stream of time near 2000 years. The sin wards are still full but the message of hope has not changed as so aptly conveyed in these lyrics. "The great Physician now is near." Notice He NOW is near! "Now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2). Now is the time to do something about this crippling dis­ease by responding to the great Phy­sician. Who is He? He is none other than "the sympathizing Jesus," the one who is "touched with the feeling of our infirmities" (Heb. 4:15). "He speaks the drooping heart to cheer." Ever knowledgeable of man's individual state, the Saviour provides joy, comfort and encouragement to the drooping or sagging heart. No wonder we are entreated to "HEAR the voice of Jesus." Among other wonderful promises the "healer" says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28).

"Sweetest note in seraph song" the writer pens. The word seraph implies celestial beings. So what could this lyric suggest but the thought that among even the angellic host the note most pleasing and grati­fying to their feelings belongs to the Son of God.

Leave the heavenly realm now and consider ALL the names ever uttered by "mortal tongue." The sweetest and most beloved name? JESUS! Finally, the writer directs our thoughts to what  should   fill  the heart of the Christian every day of our life, songs of joy and praise! Through the ages as the fruit of men's lips has wafted heavenward, the carol heralded the "sweetest" is "Jesus, blessed Jesus"! May we humbly trust the great Phy­sician, be submissive to His will and thus allow Him to fully exert His healing influence in our lives. "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him" (John 14:23). Re­member friend, "the great Physician NOW is NEAR"! -Tim Watts