Leprosy is an infectious skin disease that causes lesions and nerve damage of the skin, upper respiratory tract, and eyes. It is spread by skin to skin contact. Leprosy is a chronic condition that can last a lifetime without medical care. Over the past 20 years, more than 16 million leprosy patients have been treated.
In the time of Jesus, no cure was available. Lepers were forced to live outside the city and away from possible contact with others. They were separated and rejected. Lepers were considered untouchable.
Given this backdrop, Matthew 8 tells an amazing story that demonstrates Jesus’ boundless love and compassion for you.
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
Jesus touched him (!) to heal him. A man with a skin disease came to him asking to be made clean, to be restored. Jesus was not only willing, but he did so by touching the untouchable.
Let’s drop the k and make this personal.
You and I have a sin disease. It separates us from God. There is a cure, though. All we need to do is approach Jesus and ask for his healing touch. Because he paid our sin penalty himself, he is able to forgive it. There is nothing in your past that makes you untouchable to Jesus. Simply believe and you will be restored.
Pray this: Jesus, I have a sin disease. I ask for your healing touch. I believe that you are the son of God, that you died for my sins, and that you were raised to life again. I accept you today as my Lord and Savior. Amen.