A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am will,” Jesus said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. (Mark 1:40-42)
Wow…is anyone else blown any by this? It can’t be just me. I mean…this is awesome. This is amazing. This is incredible. Wow!
I never tire of reading these stories of Jesus “crossing the line” to show a love like no other. I mean ~ this man had leprosy; he was an outcast; he was unclean; he wasn’t even supposed to approach Jesus.
The law dictated that this man announce his presence “Unclean! Unclean!”
The law dictated that Jesus not associate with him or touch him
…but he did.
The law was clear
“Filled with compassion” ~ that right there says it all. Jesus was filled with compassion at how this man was separated from society. Jesus could feel his pain. And Jesus was willing to “cross the line” in order to restore him.
This story is more than just Jesus giving this man new flesh. This is a story of restoration, renewal and new life. It actually is a precursor to what Jesus is going to do for all of humanity.
Because of Jesus’ amazing love, grace and compassion for us, he went to the cross.
…and then three days later rose from the gave…
For you see, we too were outcasts; unclean; alienated from God because of sin. But through Jesus’ compassion; his death and resurrection, we are restored to community through faith. We are restored to life. But more importantly we are reconciled to God. That is pretty awesome 🙂
So I guess that’s why I never tire of these leprosy stories for in them I am reminded of Jesus restoring this sinful man (me) to new life.
Wow…now that’s amazing! Praise be to God!