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Devotionals by Bob Christopher

It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

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On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:12-13).

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It wasn’t the religiously correct thing to do. In fact, it was scandalous. But Jesus did it anyway.

He ate dinner with Matthew, the tax collector, at Matthew’s house. And there were other tax collectors and sinners there as well. These were seedy characters, the dregs of society, unclean in the eyes of the Jewish leaders.

When these religious leaders saw Jesus dining with this group of cheats and misfits, they were up in arms.

They asked Jesus’s disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus caught wind of their question and gave an answer that left them scratching their heads.

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means. I desire mercy, not sacrifice, for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The Jewish leaders had established their own standards of righteousness. They were doing quite well according to these standards. They weren’t sick, nor were they sinners like those tax col-lectors. At least that is what they thought. So they had no need for Jesus, or for his mercy.

Jesus went to those who needed mercy, who needed a physician. To them, he brought for-giveness and life and the “righteousness that comes from God” (Romans 10:3).

Jesus dined with the sinners, because he came into this world to call sinners unto himself. Aren’t you glad he called you?

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“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Today, thank Jesus that he reached out to you and healed your soul by giving you forgiveness, life and freedom. And then look around. There are people in your sphere of influence who are desperately seeking what Jesus alone can provide.

Tell them the good news of the gospel message and watch them become ‘well’ through faith in Jesus.

In Him,


Bob Christopher

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But it is not enough just to hear the good news. God wants to make His love a reality in our lives. He wants us to believe it and live it.

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About Bob Christopher

Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Bob grew up in a Christian home and received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13. During his high school and college years, Bob struggled with the question of how to live the Christian life. His "roller-coaster" experience taught him that he didn't have what it took to be "God's guy."

After college Bob attended a Bible study in Atlanta where he discovered what he was missing—the life of Jesus Christ. Salvation isn’t a self-improvement program. Salvation is receiving and experiencing new life altogether. Witnessing God give new life to an elderly gentleman before he died put in Bob's heart a passion to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible.

During his 30 year ministry, Bob has communicated the truth of the New Covenant in a way that is both practical and easy to apply to everyday life. "The Gospel is more than a message," Bob says. "It is a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ based on His love and truth." Bob is passionate about the basic truths of Christianity, and deeply encouraged by those who are courageous enough to apply them in daily life.

Bob is the author of Simple Gospel, Simply Grace, released by Harvest House Publishers August 1, 2015 and Love is..., published by Basic Gospel. Bob and his wife, Jeanna, live in Denton, Texas, with their children, Caitlin, Coleman, and McKenzie.

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