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DELIVERANCE IS ONLY FOR THE DISSATISFIED

A sermon written by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
and preached by Mr. John Samuel Cagan
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Morning, May 14, 2017

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32).


Jesus went out and saw a publican named Levi. This was another name of Matthew. Jesus called Matthew to follow Him,

“And he left all, rose up and followed him” (Luke 5:28).

Matthew was a publican, a tax collector for Rome. The Jews hated the publicans, because they were allowed by Rome to tax the Jews far more than was required by law. They then turned in a part of the money they collected, and kept the rest for themselves. Thus, most publicans were very rich, and the other Jews hated them. They were counted as vile sinners by the Jewish people.

When Matthew followed Jesus, “he left all,” that is he left the very lucrative business of tax collecting, “and followed him.”

Then Matthew made a feast at his house. A great crowd of other tax collectors, and sinners of every sort, came to this banquet feast. They were the worst kind of people. Zeno, the poet, said, “All publicans are all of them robbers.” The Pharisees had nothing to do with these publicans, or their friends, whom the Pharisees called “sinners.”

When this great crowd of publicans and sinners filled the house at the feast, the Pharisees came grumbling and murmuring. They said to the Disciples,

“Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?” (Luke 5:30).

Jesus went out from the feast to answer the Pharisees,

“They that are whole [those that are well] need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32).

Jesus gave the Pharisees His reason for calling these sinners to the banquet. He said that those who are in good health do not need a doctor. Only those who have diseases need one. In their own opinion, the scribes and Pharisees were free from the disease of sin. Since the scribes and Pharisees kept the observances of the law, they did not consider themselves sick, and in a state of sin. The Pharisees were the Orthodox Jews of that day. The scribes were those who made copies of the Bible and taught the Bible. They did not think they needed the Great Physician, Jesus. They thought that

“they were righteous, and despised others” (Luke 18:9).

And Jesus’ answer was a rebuke to these proud, self-satisfied Pharisees,

“They that are whole [those that are well] need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32).

If you feel that you are well, you will not see any need for Jesus. If you feel that you are ruined and dying in a state of sin, Jesus will be important to you, and you will seek Him to heal your soul and save you from sin and its consequences. It is imperative that you feel a sense of your sin, a sense of your hopelessness, a sense of your inadequacy – or you will not feel your need for Christ.

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick” (Luke 5:31).

I. First, those who are satisfied with their way of life
feel no need for Jesus.

You will notice, as you read the Gospels, that Jesus often ate with sinners. The sinners were dissatisfied with their own life. The sinners felt that something about their life was horribly wrong. Something can be learned from this. These lost people were attracted to Jesus because He was friendly to them. And many of them got saved.

They became so dissatisfied with their way of life that they turned to Christ. Matthew the publican did, as we see in the fifth chapter of Luke. Zacchaeus the publican did, as we see in Luke nineteen. And Jesus said to him,

“Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner…And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house…For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:5-10).

The proud scribes and Pharisees felt no need for Christ; they were satisfied in their own life. But publicans and sinners came to Him and got saved.

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick” (Luke 5:31).

Those who are satisfied with their way of life will feel no need for Jesus. But those who feel sick of their way of life will come to Him and get saved.

How about you? I know by experience that this is true of many of you. If you are satisfied with your life the way it is, you will not see any need for Jesus, and you will not get saved. If you are happy with your life the way it is, you will not see any need for Christ to come and change anything.

“They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick” (Matthew 9:12).

II. Second, those who are satisfied with their own godlessness
feel no need for Jesus.

Look out at our city. Think of the people in it. Do very many of them think seriously about God? You know they don’t. The Bible says,

“There is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:11).

Unless God’s grace comes to you through the work of the Holy Spirit, you will never seek for God in Christ. You will be satisfied to live and die without God, in a godless state.

But if God’s grace begins to work in your heart, you will become dissatisfied with your life as it is. You will begin to see everything differently. You may be in a crowd of people and begin to think, “What are these people living for? Why aren’t they concerned about God?” You will begin to think about your own life and your coming death. Your own religion will begin to seem very superficial, and not helpful at all. Whatever excuses other people make, these excuses will no longer seem adequate to you. And you will begin to feel that there must be more to life than just eating, and sleeping, and studying, and playing.

When God’s grace begins to work in your life you will have a sense of your own godlessness. You will begin to feel

“alienated from the life of God” (Ephesians 4:18).

You will begin to think that God is a stranger to you, and that you are in a terrible condition without Him,

“having no hope, and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).

And so I ask you, Are you completely satisfied with your life as it is? If you are, there is little hope that you will come to Christ. You will go on just as you are – content to live and die without knowing God in a personal way.

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick” (Luke 5:31).

If you are satisfied with a godless life you will feel no need for Jesus.

There is a tendency, especially among young people, to think that it is a sign of weakness to be overly interested in religion. Those who are not true Christians tend to think that people who are greatly interested in God are a little strange, slightly odd, not quite normal.

This isn’t usually spoken. People don’t generally say, “That guy is kind of weird. He goes off and prays by himself.” They don’t say that as a rule. But they think it. And your non-Christian friends think it. They will say things like, “Don’t get too religious. Don’t become a fanatic” – things like that. The reason this is so common is because human beings are in a state of sin.

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God [is hostile toward God]” (Romans 8:7).

In their unsaved state, all human beings are

“by nature the children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3).

That’s why unsaved friends and relatives will do all they can to persuade you not to be serious about seeking God. They may try to get you to go to another church, or to “their” church – anything to keep you from coming back to this church! Why? Because they know that “their” church is cold, and that God isn’t there. Their real motive is to try to keep you from God,

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God” (Romans 8:7).

In its unregenerated state, mankind is in rebellion toward God. When God begins to call you, your lost friends and relatives will try to pull you back and keep you from God. Parents and lost friends may do the same thing to you.

But Jesus said,

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25).

Even though you are spiritually dead according to Ephesians 2:1, 5, the Son of God begins to call you. In your dead state, you “hear the voice of the Son of God.” When that happens you will no longer be satisfied in living your life without Jesus, the Son of God. You will want something more. You will then seek Jesus Christ. But as long as you are in an unawakened and dead state, you will remain satisfied to live and die without Christ. Only when the Holy Spirit shows you that there is something wrong within you – that your heart is godless – only when you see this defect in yourself will you become interested in Jesus Christ.

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick” (Luke 5:31).

III. Third, those who are satisfied with the evil of their own hearts
feel no need for Jesus.

God usually speaks to our emotions first. When the Holy Spirit begins His convincing work, He makes us feel sinful.

Notice how often the Bible tells us that people were emotionally moved when they were converted. The woman who kissed Jesus’ feet was moved emotionally.

“A woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears” (Luke 7:37-38).

Soon she came to Jesus and was saved.

On the Day of Pentecost, those who heard Peter’s sermon

“were pricked in their heart” (Acts 2:37).

This literally means that they were “pierced to the heart.” That speaks of emotion. The jailor at the city of Philippi

“came trembling” (Acts 16:29).

The Apostle Paul said,

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24).

These cases in the Bible show that God usually moves a person’s feelings so that he becomes dissatisfied with his evil heart. The common denominator in all true conversions, the thing that is the same in all real conversions, is this – people become inwardly discontented with themselves. They look at their own hearts and they see sin there. They come to dislike what they see in themselves. They disapprove of their own hearts! They are displeased with who they are.

There was a human factor behind the publicans and sinners coming so readily to Jesus – while the scribes and Pharisees stayed separate from Him.

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick” (Luke 5:31).

The question to you this morning is this: are you discontented? Are you unhappy with your way of life? Are you sick of living without God? Are you displeased with your own heart? Do you feel convicted of your sins? If there is any degree of displeasure and conviction of sin in you regarding these things, then you may be ready to come to the Great Physician, Jesus. After all, Christ is the only one who can save you from sin. He is the only one who died to pay for your sin. He is the only one who rose physically from the dead to give you life. He is the only one seated at the right hand of God, up in Heaven, praying for you. Are you ready to come to Him? Are you ready to be washed clean from your sin by His Blood?

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick” (Luke 5:31).

If you would like to speak with us about salvation in Christ, please come and sit in the first two rows while the rest go upstairs for the party. Dr. Hymers, please come and close this service.


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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Mr. Noah Song: Luke 5:27-35.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“I Am Amazed” (by A. H. Ackley, 1887-1960).


THE OUTLINE OF

DELIVERANCE IS ONLY FOR THE DISSATISFIED

A sermon written by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
and preached by Mr. John Samuel Cagan

“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance”
(Luke 5:31-32).

(Luke 5:28, 30; 18:9)

I.    First, those who are satisfied with their way of life feel no need
for Jesus, Luke 19:5-10; Matthew 9:12.

II.   Second, those who are satisfied with their own godlessness feel no
need for Jesus, Romans 3:11; Ephesians 4:18; 2:12;
Romans 8:7; Ephesians 2:3; John 5:25.

III.  Third, those who are satisfied with the evil of their own hearts feel
no need for Jesus, Luke 7:37-38; Acts 2:37; 16:29; Romans 7:24.