Except in rare, and primarily rural cases, the days of the General Practitioner physician are gone. An icon of American medicine, the kindly doctor with his black bag who made house calls has been replaced by a bewildering lineup of medical specialists. It is amazing to think that a person who used to be called simply “a doctor,” is now referred to by one of more than 35 specialty titles by the American Medical Association: Child Psychiatry, Aerospace Medicine, Otolaryngology, Forensic Pathology, and Nuclear Medicine are but a few of the areas of specialty. General Practitioners still exist, but they represent only 2% of practicing physicians in America.
This isn't all bad, of course. The reasons for the gradual delineation from the general to the specific in medicine is due to the exploding knowledge base. Research and technology have revealed more cures and diagnostic methods than were dreamed of even a half-century ago. As a result, no individual doctor can stay current in every medical field. The positive side of these developments is better medical care; the necessary result has been the specialization of medicine. The ideal scenario would be a single doctor with super-human capability: the ability to know every cure for every condition.
In the spiritual realm, that is exactly what God has provided. The Messiah described by God through the prophet Isaiah was to be everything that the world—and all its inhabitants—would ever need. He would be a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. He would be a governor who would rule with justice and righteousness forever. He would be a spiritual General Practitioner—God revealed in the human realm in such a way as to cure every sin-sick soul on earth. Jesus Christ came as that Messiah, and invites every person to come to him—no appointment necessary (Matthew 11:28-30).
Jesus Christ not only makes house calls, he makes car calls, office calls, vacation calls, church calls—there is no place that he will not come to care for you. He is a General Practitioner with a specific knowledge of your needs.
God’s Promise to You: “My Son will meet you whenever and wherever you need him.”
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