A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” (Mark 1:40 – 41 NIV)
I’ve read this story so many times, and maybe some of you have too. And we don’t always get it the first time around. There is so much to take in from this passage about the compassion Jesus had, and his will to heal this man.
We live in a broken world, with broken people, who are not perfect. The man with leprosy was declared unclean in those days because of his skin disease.
I can only imagine how excluded and shut out he must have felt because of this. He must have lived a very lonely life. Sometimes we live lonely lives as well, because we isolate ourselves by not asking for help. We bury ourselves in the mindset of feeling less than, or guilt or shame from past mistakes, or emotional, or physical trauma.
Jesus was not concerned about what he looked like, or how he was defined according to society; Jesus only had compassion and a willingness to heal him. We serve a God who is always prepared to heal us from our own pain, from past hurts, and listening to wrong voices that pull us down, and keep us there.
Are we actually eager to accept THIS amazing truth? That Jesus Christ our Saviour is ready, and desires to set us free from every bondage that holds us back, moving into the life that God had intended for us to have?
The man did something that some of us need to do – we need to reach out in faith towards receiving the help from Jesus. He obviously knew the power and authority that Jesus carried, but we doubt that our own circumstances can change, that our lives can change, that we can come boldly before God in prayer and make our requests known to God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NIV)
Jesus desires to be there for us when we need it the most. I am so grateful that my Lord reaches out to me when I kneel before God, with compassion and love. I need that every day of my life.
I cannot live life without Jesus Christ. Not only when I need to be healed, or when I need some things to change, but also when everything is going great.
Zahida Shaik Yusuf