Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy.This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”
Jesus is never inconvenienced by our need. He comes down the mountainside after preaching the sermon on the mount and is immediately confronted with a need of healing. Moved by compassion, He heals the leper. He is always willing to meet my need. I find great comfort and hope in the fact that I am never an inconvenience to Him.
The leper approaches Jesus with no polite introductions. His request for healing is brash, bold and desperate. The leper is taking no chances, he approaches with humility and desperation.
How desperate are we to rid our lives of the sin that is eating at our identity? Are we not humbled by the way our failures have separated us from each other? I wonder how desperate we would be in approaching Jesus if we could see the effect that sin has on our spirit man?