What the doctor ordered?

My friend, may I ask you a question? You know friend, when it comes to the seriousness of our spiritual wellbeing, did Jesus cast a sympathetic eye on our plight? Or, did he look to heaven and pledge his obedience to the cure?

My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.


We have a rescue dog named Annie. She’s my Son’s dog by adoption and is very attached to him. So, every day when he travels to work, Annie travels with him. She sleeps in a bed in the shop Dan manages and several times a day he’s able to let her outside free to roam for a while. A couple of weeks ago, however, she disappeared for a time outside of her usual haunt just outside the shop. Dan called and called until in the distance he saw her slowly coming, walking only on three legs. One of her hind legs was merely dangling and Dan knew instantly that she had injured herself seriously.The diagnosis was a torn her rotator muscle and she needed surgery. Surgery done, Annie came home with a doggie donut around her neck to prevent her from licking the stitches. A sorry sight now as she trudges by with those big brown eyes, it would be natural to sympathize with her plight. Nevertheless, the donut must stay in place since that’s what the doctor has ordered.

When it comes to Annie, there’s little room for sympathy. The seriousness of her injury dictates that. You know friend, is it any different for you and I when it comes to the seriousness of our spiritual wellbeing? Jesus didn’t cast a sympathetic eye on us. Rather, he looked to God and pledged obedience to the cure.

Oswald Chambers writes. “The modern view of the death of Jesus is that He died for our sins out of sympathy for us. Yet the New Testament view is that He took our sin on Himself not because of sympathy, but because of His identification with us. He was ‘made…to be sin….’ Our sins are removed because of the death of Jesus, and the only explanation for His death is His obedience to His Father, not His sympathy for us. We are acceptable to God not because we have obeyed, nor because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ, and for no other reason.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 29)

The Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5:21: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” As we obeyed the veterinarian who did Annie’s surgery, making sure that we kept her donut in place to do the job it was designed for, so Jesus accepted the yoke of our sin; not in sympathy for you, me or any other sinner who’s ever lived or will, but in obedience to the will of the Father. The cure was ultimately important, not our plight. So God exacted what was needed to effect the cure. Jesus died for all mankind. The debt was massive, universally applicable. That fact