Do you seek the Lord Jesus with expectant faith? No one who sought Jesus out was refused his help. Even the untouchables and the outcasts of Jewish society found help in him. Unlike the people of Jesus' time who fled at the sight of a leper, Jesus touched the leper who approached him and he made him whole and clean. Why was this so remarkable? Lepers were outcasts of society. They were driven from their homes and communities and left to fend for themselves. Their physical condition was terrible as they slowly lost the use of their limbs and withered away. They were not only shunned but regarded as "already dead" even by their relatives. The Jewish law forbade anyone from touching or approaching a leper, lest ritual defilement occur.
This leper did something quite remarkable. He approached Jesus
confidently and humbly, expecting that Jesus could and would heal
him. Normally a leper would be stoned or at least warded off if he
tried to come near a rabbi. Jesus
not only grants the man his request, but he demonstrates the
compassion, and tenderness of God in his physical touch. The
of his day would have regarded such contact as grave risk for
Jesus met the man's misery with compassion and tender kindness. He
the love and mercy of God in a sign that spoke more eloquently
He touched the man and made him clean – not only physically but
How do you approach those who seem difficult to love, or who are
shunned by others because they are deformed or have some physical
or mental weakness? Do you show them kindness and offer them mercy
and help as Jesus did? The Lord Jesus is always ready to show us
his mercy and to free us from whatever makes
us unclean, unapproachable, or unloving.
"Lord Jesus, inflame my heart with your love and make me clean and
whole in body, mind, and spirit. May I never doubt your love nor
cease to tell others
of your mercy and compassion."