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.
Leprosy was horrific to witness: a person's skin was eaten away by the flesh-eating disease. People would run away from anyone who had this condition. That's how horrific our lives must look compared to the holiness of God. Yet our God does not run from us. Jesus reached out and touched the untouchable.
He does not run from what's untouchable in us. He is not put off by us. He is not only able to heal us, He is willing—He desires to heal us. It's fascinating how compelling Jesus is. His words must have provoked a hunger & thirst in this leper. So much so, that he breaks all social norms and taboos, and approaches Jesus amongst a crowd he's not even suppose to be in. Jesus is the desire of all nations. When we see Him clearly we respond in humility & boldness. We understand that He has what we desire.