by Pastor Ken
Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I want to. Be made clean.” When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.
This passage of scripture gives us the account of Jesus healing a man who suffered from leprosy. In those days leprosy and other diseases and disabilities were considered to be God’s punishment for their sins. And because leprosy was so contagious, lepers had to live in a place separated from family and friends. If people come closer, the leper had to ring a bell and shout “Unclean! Unclean!” to warn people away from them.
That’s what makes this healing so special. Jesus touched the man; making Jesus the first human touch he’d felt in what was most likely a very long time. But Jesus didn’t just touch the man’s skin. He touched his heart as well.
Both the leper and those who witnessed His healing were amazed that Jesus would touch him. But Jesus wasn’t afraid or repulsed by the man’s skin and He isn’t afraid or repulsed by your bad habits, ailments, and disabilities, either. He wants to heal you-both inside and out.
Let today be the day you experience Jesus’ healing touch.
Father, thank You for touching my heart and soul and for the healing power of Jesus’ blood for my sins. In the Name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.