by Jeff Gipe

Jesus, Healer of the Soul

“When Jesus heard it, He said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.’” Mark 2:17

It appears in Mark 2 that the scribes and Pharisees were walking by Levi’s (a tax collector) house as he was hosting a party filled with the rejects of society. I can almost see the scribes and Pharisees walking by with their eyebrows raised and faces snarled when they saw Jesus and the disciples in the midst of the party. Then they pointed their self-righteous fingers down at them and said with a loud voice for all to hear, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus then replied, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” 

Jesus, Healer of the Heart

“And immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, ‘Why do you reason about these things in your hearts?’” Mark 2:8

It has been said that at the heart of every problem is a problem with the heart. When I say the heart I really mean the soul. The soul is the principle of life, feeling, thought and actions. Before a person’s heart can be healed there has to be a diagnosis of what the problem is first.

The Sweet Smelling Aroma of Smyrna

“I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich).” Revelation 2:9

Jesus spoke these wonderful words to the church in Smyrna. The name “Smyrna” means “bitter” and is related to the word “myrrh”. The city of Smyrna was a major port of trade for myrrh. Myrrh is a perfume, and the way the fragrance is released is by crushing it. When crushed, it gives off a wonderful fragrance. It has been used for anointing oil, perfume, embalming and medications for thousands of years.