Ed Leap: Today we celebrate the birth of the only ‘physician’ who can heal us

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Sickness relieved is a beautiful thing. A heart attack treated takes the elephant off the chest and leaves a smile. A child made well, a broken bone splinted, a wound closed, a tooth numbed, an abscess opened are among the reasons that physicians, at least at first, decide to walk among the sick.

However, we poor doctors, with our paltry degrees and bags of tricks, can only do a little. We merely treat the symptoms. He treated the disease. He brought an end to it all with his birth, death and resurrection. No more sin, no more death. He offered every patient the cure, free of charge, with no need for insurance or cash.

How it must feel to be him! Not to cure the broken bones, but to offer healing to the broken hearts. Not to excise the tumor, but to remove the guilt. Not to bypass the heart, but to replace it with a new one.

At Christmas, we celebrate the child. How blessed we are that he walked among us, knew our every disease, then grew up to become the only physician qualified to heal us.

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Posted December 25, 2007 at 5:09 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. physician without health wrote:

This is beautiful!  Thanks so much for sharing it.  I pray that you are having a blessed Christmas.

December 25, 6:16 pm | [comment link]
2. robroy wrote:

I already shared this with colleagues. Thanks for posting it. When patients ask me why I can’t do this or that, I tell them that I am only a good physician, not the Great Physician.

December 25, 8:12 pm | [comment link]
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