Mark 1:40-41 A leper came to Him, pleading with Him and kneeling before Him, saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, extended His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will. Be clean.”
Are you in need of a cleansing that is only available through a touch from Jesus?
Whatever your need may be on today, regardless if it is physical, mental, emotional or a spiritual condition, Jesus can show you compassion also.
In need of mercy, compassion and cleansing is where we find a leper in this text.
Leprosy= A slowly progressing and intractable disease characterized by subcutaneous nodules, , scabs and white shining spots appearing to be deeper than the skin. hair of the affected areas turns white and eventually the skin quickly turns to raw flesh.
This disease "begins with specks on the eyelids and on the palms, gradually spreading over the body, bleaching the hair white wherever they appear, crusting the affected parts with white scales, and causing terrible sores and swellings.
In Jesus day, lepers could not live within the city limits. They were considered to be an outcast because their disease was considered to be not only clean, but incurable.
It was believed by the people of that day that lepers would cause you to become unclean if you touched them.
Lepers were required to warn passerby of their disease with the calling out of these words "unclean, unclean.”
Having gone to Jesus pleading with Him and kneeling before Him, saying "if You are wiling, You can make me clean" shows the leper faith and his humility before Jesus.
Take notice that the leper went to Jesus. The songster says "weak and wounded sinner, lost and left to die, come to Jesus and live.
Jesus, being moved with compassion, stretched forth His hands to touch the leper and responded to him with these profound words “I will. Be clean.”
Wow! Jesus touched an unclean leper and in doing so, Jesus did what was forbidden by Jewish law and customs. According to the old testament law if you had leprosy you were unclean and were forbidden to touch or come near anyone.
What Jesus did in making this leper clean is what true compassion is about. True compassion moves us beyond words to action.
Jesus came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. This man needed a cleansing that was only available through the power of Jesus Christ .
In going to Jesus, the leper also showed that he did not care about what others would say about his approaching Jesus in his condition.
This leper knew that Jesus was the only hope for his dreadful, incurable disease and that man’s opinion of him did not matter. He was willing to suffer whatever the consequences was for he was determined to be cleansed that day. What about you?
Jesus Himself proclaimed that He came for the sick and not those that are well. Those who know the stand in need of a savior, not those who are self righteous.
Oh how great the need is in our world today for lost sinners to see the awfulness of their sinful condition and admit that Jesus is the only hope and cure for our sinful disease that not only robs us of our mental health, physical health and spiritual, but it eventually robs of our eternal destination in heaven with God the Father.
Have you come to the realization that Jesus is all you need to cure a sin sick soul? Have you seek Him out for your much needed cleansing on today?
You may not have leprosy but we were all born with a disease called “SIN”.
Yes, Jesus touched and cleansed a leper and He can do the same for you.
I pray on today that if you are living in willful sin, separated from God, that you will see what sin is doing to you and that you would realize that Jesus is your only hope.
Jesus sees our sins, but He is willing to cleanse us from all unrighteousness if we will come to Him.
Believe it or not, but Jesus came to save sinners like you and I.
I once was lost and blind, but now I am found and now I see. I met Jesus one day, confessed my need and desire to be cleansed from ”SIN” and He cleansed, healed and made me whole.
Jesus can do the same for you for Jesus Himself declares in Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Perhaps you are reading this blog and you know you are lost in sin and is desperately seeking a way out. To you, salvation is available..
Take inventory of your sin situation today, humbly take it before God like the leper did, confess that you need help and that you, like the leper has realized that Jesus is your only hope, your only way of escape from the penalty of sin and death.
By faith in Jesus, the leper received his cleansing that day. The leper was cleansed immediately after Jesus touched him and said “I will. Be clean.”
Sin, like leprosy, is deeper than the skin, itstarts out small then it spreads, it defiles everything it touches, it isolates or separates us from God with the goal to rob, kill, steal and eventually destroy us. But, Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
Where are you at today spiritually? Are you afflicted and devastated by sin like the leper was before he was cleansed by Jesus?
If Jesus has already cleansed you from sin, are you daily giving Him thanks from the fruit of your lips and from the life you are living? If you haven’t, this lesson should be a good reminder to us that we can start again right now.
Wherever you may be in your spiritual journey, Jesus cares for you. He is ready, willing and able to reach out into your life and touch you right where you are. It does not matter what you have done or how far you have gone in sin, you are not beyond the reach of Jesus. As a matter of fact, he is calling you right now to come to Him like the leper, in faith.
Jesus is still touching lives today? He love us and proved it with His death on the cross.
Jesus offers you His compassion on today and He will touch you right where you are if you let Him.