He died for His patients!
(William S. Plumer, "The Rock of Our
"The whole head is hurt, and the whole heart is sick. You are sick from
head to foot--covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds!" Isaiah
Often in Scripture, sin is spoken of as a disease, a sickness, a hurt.
Christ, as the great Physician, has the only sovereign balm.
Sin is a dreadful disease! Yes, it is the very worst disease!
It was the first, and so is the oldest malady. It
infected man very soon after his creation. For six thousand
years sin has committed its ravages and been gaining inveteracy. No
other disease is so old.
Sin is also a universal disease! Other maladies have slain
their thousands; but sin has slain its millions! The whole
world is a graveyard, full of death and corruption. No person
ever lived without sin. As soon as we begin to live, we begin to
Not only is every man sick, but our whole nature is diseased!
Our understanding is darkened.
Our memory is polluted.
The thoughts of our heart are only
Our throats are open graves.
Our tongues practice deceit.
The poison of vipers is on our lips.
Our mouths are full of cursing and
Our feet are swift to shed blood.
Ruin and misery mark our ways, and the way of peace we do not
Our eyes behold vanity.
Our hands are full of bribes and of
Our heart is deceitful above all things, and
We love darkness rather than light.
We are utterly diseased with sin!
Sin makes men spiritually blind, and deaf, and dumb, and lame, and lethargic. Sin
is a terrible compilation of diseases. It is a rottenness in the
bones. It is a maddening fever, a wasting consumption, a paralysis of
all the powers. Human nature is wholly corrupt!
Sin is a perpetual disease. It rages day and night; on the sea
and on the land; in the house of mirth and in the house of God.
Sin is a hereditary disease. We are conceived in sin and
brought forth in iniquity.
Sin is also contagious. Sinners are enticers, seducers,
Sin is also the most deceitful and flattering disease.
One of its strong delusions is, "You shall not die!" See the throng of
ungodly people marching to perdition--the slaves of Satan, the servants of
corruption, the enemies of God! Their mirth would make one think them
to be the happiest of people--and not, as they really are--condemned
criminals, on their way to the eternal prison-house of inflexible
justice! Sin has its delusive dreams. The worse a man is, the better he
thinks himself to be.
Sin is the worst disease, because it is the parent of all
other diseases. But for sin, we would never have seen a human being in
pain, or sicken, or die. Suffering and agony have one parent--sin!
Other diseases are calamities--but sin is a wickedness! Sin is
not a misfortune--sin is a crime! It is a wicked thing to be a sinner.
Transgression brings guilt. God is angry with the wicked every day. The
more sinful anyone is--the more is God displeased with him.
Sin is the most loathsome of all diseases. Pride is the worst
kind of malady. No heart is so vile as a hard heart. No vileness
compares with an evil heart of unbelief. No sight is so appalling as a
sight of vile affections. Sin is horrible and abominable to God!
Sin is also the most dolorous disease. They multiply their
sorrows--who hasten after transgression. The most bitter cries that
ever were heard--were extorted by sin.
Other diseases do but kill the body--but sin kills soul and body in
hell forever! Sin will rage more violently beyond the tomb than on
earth. It will be followed by eternal regrets and reproaches, eternal
weeping and wailing, eternal wrath and anguish!
Sin cannot be cured by any means of human devising. All
reformations can never cure the heart. "I fast twice in the week, I
give tithes of all that I possess," said the Pharisee--while spiritual
wickedness reigned within. We may weep and lament over our sins--but
that will neither dethrone sin nor atone for it! Our tears are nothing;
our works are nothing; all our righteous deeds are as filthy rags; they
are of no avail.
The only remedy for sin is found only in Jesus! He is the
Physician of souls. None but He can cure a sin-sick soul. He
makes no charge for all His cures! He
died for His patients! His blood cleanses from
all sin. With His stripes we are healed. Christ's death atones. By His
sufferings we have remission of sin. In all cases where it is applied, the
gospel remedy is sovereign and effectual. It availed for the dying
thief, for the bloody Saul of Tarsus, for the cruel jailor, and for
millions and millions who once esteemed themselves as vile, and as
worthy of everlasting death!
And now, poor, sin-sick, dying soul--flee to this Physician, submit
your case to Him, and seek for the healing remedy! If you stay away,
you must die! "The wages of sin is death."
"The blood of Jesus cleanses us from every sin!" 1 John 1:7