Been looking at Matthew, specifically Chapter 8:2,3
“And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
This is amazing! I mean really amazing. Why do I say this?
Because of this part, “Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him“. Specifically the “touched him”.
This man was a leper, an outcast. The most vile and dirty, so dirty in fact, he had to walk around crying out, “UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN”, so no one would approach him.
“And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”
The leper lived OUTSIDE the camp, he had to dwell ALONE. He was unclean.
Yet we read here in Matthew that he approached Jesus and worshiped Him. In Mark 1:40 we are told that the leper also beseeches and kneels before Jesus. Showing submission, faith, and expectation.
What was Jesus’ response? I suppose just being healed would have been great. But Christ Jesus, as He always does, went much further…
He was moved with compassion and He TOUCHED the man.
This Healer, this Savior, this Precious Son of God put forth His hand and touched the vile, unclean, outcast. And yes, He healed him too.
What mercy! What manner of love, shown when God reaches for each of us- lonely, lepers dwelling outside the camp in our sin crying out, “UNCLEAN, UNCLEAN”.
Repent from living outside the camp. Run to Jesus and submit to His Lordship and kneel before Him, confess your sins as you beseech Him to make you clean. And watch as He puts forth His hand and touches you as He whispers into your soul…
Thank you Lord for allowing yourself to moved with compassion and showing forth you great love on us. Let us now go, and show forth that love on others. Amen