The Bible is like the medical chart for our spiritual condition. God has the ability to see into our hearts and tell us through His Word what He sees. When we read our medical chart it tells us that our hearts are desperately sick (Jeremiah 17:9). And this is the reason we have been struggling with symptoms like lust, greed, lying and other sins, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:21). The bottom line is that we have the disease of sin, and the fate of this disease is death, “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23).
This is the condition of all humanity. We are all infected with the disease of sin. We are told that “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12). You cannot be more redundant “None...no, not one...no one...no one...all...no one...not even one.”
Here is the problem, many people refuse to read the Chart, or they refuse to pay attention to the symptoms of their life, or listen to their friends and family. They would rather be ignorant then to humble themselves and go see the Doctor. This was the problem during Jesus' time and it is a problem today. “And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32).
Jesus is saying that you first must recognize that you need Him before you can be treated by Him. So often people in this world are blind to the reality of their desperate state. They say things like, “I go to Church” or “I am a Catholic” or “I am a good person.” This is the equivalent of saying “I don't have cancer because I eat breakfast.” Eating breakfast does not change the reality of cancer, nor does going to Church, being a Catholic, or being a good person rid you of sin. It is only the blood of Jesus that can cure you of the disease of sin, and change your destiny from death to life. He is the medicine you must swallow.
This is why John the Baptist was sent before Jesus, to preach the need for repentance. The way that God prepared Israel to receive their Christ was for them to first recognize their wretchedness. This is why Jesus said, “repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” And this is why Christians must talk with our loved ones about their desperately sick hearts. We must talk about the symptoms of their life and show them how it points to the reality that they are sinners who will some day stand in judgment.
Leaving out repentance when sharing the good news of Jesus is the equivalent to taking a sugar pill. The pill may look the same, it may even taste good going down, but it does absolutely no good. There is no doubt that the sin of our lives is bitter, but we must see it for what it is. Only then will we recognize that it is only Jesus and his righteousness that will reconcile us to God.