Have you ever felt so unworthy, so insignificant and worthless, that you felt hopeless and in despair? Do you feel as if everyone thinks of you as a loser, someone to be scorned and spurned? If so, consider the plight of the leper.
As reported in Matthew 8:2-3, “And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
Several things emerge from these two powerful verses.
First, the leper knew that Jesus had the power to heal him. Without Jesus, the leper was utterly and completely without hope, an outcast, ostracized from humanity.
Second, the leper had the courage to approach Jesus (within an arm’s length) to make his request. [Lepers were regarded as unclean and could be stoned for even approaching someone else.]
Third, the leper wanted to be cleansed and he went to the right source for healing. Indeed, Jesus is our Healer (by His stripes we are healed).
Fourth, Jesus expressed His willingness and desire to heal. Jesus’ heart of love is open to all who seek Him (see Matthew 11:28-30).
Fifth, Jesus healed the leper immediately. Such is God’s love for His children that He responds instantly to those who humble themselves before Him.
Without God, we are all lepers in this life. Our leprosy is our sinful nature. But Jesus offers hope and healing. Jesus offers a life eternally in his grace. All we have to do is ask Him.