Healing the “Leprosy” in Us All


Daily Bible Reading – Job 19; Mark 1,2

Today’s Key Passage – Mark 1:40-45

 

In Jesus’ day, people with leprosy were not very highly regarded.  In fact, according to the laws laid out in Leviticus 13 and 14, people with leprosy were viewed as unclean and were not permitted to participate in any social activities, including worship.  The law also said that if anyone touched a person with leprosy, that person would become unclean as well.  Because of this, the notion of someone reaching out his hand and touching a man with leprosy was completely unbelievable.  Yet Jesus not only reached out His hand and touched the man with leprosy in today’s key passage, He also completely healed him of the terrible disease and made him completely clean.

In a way, God could have seen every single human being who has ever lived as a leper.  In the same way that a leper has been disfigured with leprosy, every human since Adam has been disfigured by sin.  God is a perfect being who is wholly just, and we know from the Bible that He abhors sin.  Because of God’s perfection, sinful humans were separated from Him at the fall of man in Genesis, and a chasm was created between Him and us.  Just as the Jewish leaders refused to reach out to a man with leprosy, God could have refused to reach out to sinful humans.  Fortunately for all of us, God had a different plan in mind.

Just as Jesus reached out to the man with leprosy, He also reached out to all of us.  Just as He healed the man of his leprosy and made him clean, Jesus healed all of us of our sins and made us clean.  The man with leprosy was so overcome with joy at being healed, that he could not help but go and tell everyone he could find the good news of his healing.  If this man was this joyful over being healed of a disease, how much more joyful should we be for being given the gift of eternal life that Jesus Christ offered to all of us when he cleansed us of our sins at the cross.  Just as the leper felt compelled to spread the good news, so should we all go and spread the good news of the Lord.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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