This entire chapter is about the healing ministry of Jesus. As you read this Scripture carefully, you will see some marvelous things. Not the least of which a man’s life was altered in two dimensions: physical and spiritual, because he had been touched by Jesus.
Note first that, though there were multitudes of people surrounding Jesus, this man was able to seek him out and present himself before the Lord (vv. 1, 2), asking him for healing. But, this was no ordinary man; this was a leper—considered to be cursed by God. Though it was generally forbidden, the man took the risk to approach the One whom he believed could heal him. In his great need, he fell before Jesus and asked Him if He was willing to heal him. Interesting question, don’t you think? Why would he believe in Christ’s power to heal him, but have timidity and disbelieve in Christ’s will to heal him?
In any event, the Lord Jesus grants his request immediately. He went beyond the mere declaration of his healing the man: He touched him (can’t you just hear the hymn: “He touched me, oh, He touched me, and what joy filled by soul. . . “) Christ’s curing the leper by the word of His mouth and the touch of His hand, showed His divine power, and proved Him to be truly and really sent of God.
In v. 3, we note the certainty and speed of the cure; immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Thus, Christ demonstrated both the power and the will to cure him miraculously, even in the face of doubt.
The last verse tells us that Jesus charged the cleansed man to appear before the priest to be declared clean before the people. This was required under the Law of Moses.
Do we have as much faith as this? Are we convinced that the plain will of Jesus would make us whole?
The lesson here for us is that we must firmly believe that we can and should be able to ask for healing with a knowledge that whether He does or not is not the issue, but rather, that we will trust Him, nonetheless. See Hebrews 4:16.
-Pastor John Roberts
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Please welcome our Sunday morning contributing writer, Pastor John Roberts. John is the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in the great Northwest where he resides with his wife of 46 years.