The heart of God is moved as we come to Him asking for what we need, bringing these desires to God. We may need healing; we may want to feel clean, or we may long for freedom from isolation and bondage. Christ offers God's touch, God's power to heal and to cleanse.
The man in the following story experienced an instant healing at Jesus' words and touch. Our healing may not be instantaneous, but our desire for wholeness and freedom is always honored in God's way and time. The "disease" with which we struggle or suffer may be the very vehicle that brings us to desperately seek out Jesus.
What might you want to ask Jesus for today? Who might you tell about your experience with Jesus?
Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy
A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. "If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean," he said.
Moved with compassion,** Jesus reached out and touched him. "I am willing," he said, "Be healed!" Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. Then Jesus sent him on his way with a stern warning: "Don't tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed."
But the man went and spread the word, proclaiming to everyone what had happened. As a result, large crowds soon surrounded Jesus, and he couldn't publicly enter a town anywhere. He had to stay out in the secluded places, but people from everywhere kept coming to him.
**Note: In the beginning of verse 41 the NRSV says "moved with pity," the New Living Translation says "moved with compassion," the New International Version says "was indignant." The Message says "deeply moved."
For Refection and Prayer:
What phrase or word spoke to you as you listened/read?
What "leprosy" has Jesus healed in you?
What does this tell us about Jesus?
How do you hear God speaking to your life in this text?