Posts Tagged ‘Jesus heals a leper’

Luke 5:12-16 A Very Lonely Life (Warning: lengthy story ahead)

I will

I will, because I love you -Jesus-

Luke shares a story today of a life that is changed in an instant from enforced isolation to joyous freedom. This story is about a man who has leprosy. We are not given much information about him at all. I want to look at this story through his eyes today. I’m going to be taking some liberties in giving him a backstory. I hope you don’t mind. If you do, feel free to skip today’s reading.

My name is Michael and I want to tell you my story. Today is my 39th birthday and it is the first one I have celebrated with my family in over twelve years! It is a joyous day for me as I am finally able to join my mother, father, wife, and my children. I want to say right off that my family is the most amazing group of people ever born in Israel. They have loved me, even when I was unlovable. Read more »

Mark 1:40-45 Hope for the Hopeless

 

I will, be clean!

I will, be clean!

Mark mentioned, in yesterday’s reading, that Jesus was teaching in the synagogues and casting out demons. He didn’t mention Jesus healing people. I wondered about it at the time, but it seems that Mark didn’t mention it because he wanted to share specific healings instead of just a lump sum statement. Today Mark shares about a man with leprosy who came to Jesus.

Mark doesn’t tell us how this man came to the conclusion that Jesus could heal him or if he had watched Jesus in action before. What he does tell us is about the man’s absolute conviction that Jesus could help him, IF He only wanted to. He came to Jesus begging Him for help. He was on his knees and didn’t care who saw him there. He was a diseased nobody already, what is a little more groveling going to do to him? This man shouldn’t have even been coming up to a healthy person, because of the restrictions put on those with this disease, but he was desperate and KNEW help was within his reach. Read more »

Matthew 8:1-4 Jesus Heals the Leper

He touches the untouchable

He touches the untouchable

Jesus just finished His mountain top sermon. Matthew tells us that great crowds followed Him. It is not surprising after hearing what He had to say. Matthew doesn’t say Jesus healed anyone while on the mountain. I wonder why? Did Matthew simply not mention any healings or did Jesus concentrate on the message and no one approached Him for healing? I can’t imagine Jesus turning down anyone who approached Him in need.

I wonder how long it was between Jesus’ message and His meeting with this leper. The man obviously had heard of Jesus’ healing power. Was he on the mountain when Jesus was teaching? He couldn’t have been in the crowd because of his condition, but could he have been hiding on the outskirts of the crowd?

Wherever he had been he had to have courage to approach Jesus. Lepers were not supposed to approach anyone. They were supposed to warn anyone from approaching them too. This man didn’t. He broke all the rules to get help. Even in his desperate search for help he didn’t presume Jesus would heal him. He didn’t assume he was worthy of Jesus time and effort. He asked Jesus for his help. He recognized Jesus ability to heal and asked about His willingness to heal him. Read more »