Why is truth hated so much?
Physician, heal thyself
Luke 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Lu 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Lu 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Lu 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Lu 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. Lu 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
Lu 4:23 And he said unto them,
Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
Lu 4:24 And he said, Verily, I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. Lu 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
Lu 4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
Lu 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
Lu 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
Jesus preached in the synagogue and told them, this day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears. They said , Is not this Joseph’s son? Then he said unto THEM, Ye
will surely say unto me, Physician, heal thyself.
Then notice what these same people wanted to do to Jesus. They rose up and thrust him out of the city, and led him to a hill that they might cast him down headlong. They wanted to MURDER JESUS FOR TELLING THEM THE TRUTH. These same people who said to him, heal thyself.
What did this same crowd say to him, as he hung on the cross? He saved others, himself he cannot save. Physician, heal thyself.
Did Jesus ever say these words to anyone? No. It was the people of Satan who said this to Jesus. They persecuted Jesus. He did not persecute them. They wanted to slander and murder Jesus. He did none of these evils to them. It was Jesus to whom this message was sent, heal thyself. You saved others, you cannot save yourself. Lies and slanders is all these wicked people knew. They hated this man for telling them the truth.
A few years ago, I was discussing the Godhead with two Jesus-only preachers. After a while, when they could not prove their ideas or disprove the truth I was showing them, the younger one became very frustrated and hurled this at me: “Who gave you this authority to say these things to us”?
On my way home, all of a sudden, God brought his words back to me and revealed to me that this is exactly what they had hurled at Jesus, when he told them the truth, which they hated. He said to me, they are saying the same thing to you, that was said to Jesus. In other words, he revealed to me that these men had seen the very same authority in me that those others had seen in Jesus. So they said the same words to me, proving that I was speaking in the same truth and authority as Jesus had spoken. God had given me that authority, for truth is authority.
So now. It has happened again. God revealed this to me today. Someone is again hurling the same words at me which were hurled at Jesus by those who hated him and wanted to murder him, “Physician, heal thyself”. It was spoken to no one EXCEPT JESUS.
So I praise my Lord that I am counted worthy to bear the same reproach which was upon Him.
By: Jo Smith ~~ Sept. 21, 2008