Matthew 8:2-3 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
A man with a disease came to Jesus. That man’s disease had a name, leprosy. Everyone knew this man had leprosy because he was to let people know so that they wouldn’t get too close. His life was marked by his disease. Everywhere he went, it went with him. It was a part of every relationship that he had. It literally defined who he was. He was a leper.
This man with leprosy came and knelt before Jesus. He came humbly. He came on bended knee. He came not extolling his own worthiness but rather Christ’s power. He came not insisting on his will be submitting to Jesus’ will. He came not hiding or denying his disease but confessing it and laying it at the feet of Jesus.
And Jesus’ response? He reached out and touched the man. He met the man at the point of his need. He who was not to be touched was touched by He who is untouchable. Jesus was willing to enter into that man’s diseased life and cleanse him from it.
You and I have a disease. Our disease also has a name, sin. What is your sin? Does it have a name? Our lives are marked by sin. Everywhere we go, sin goes with us. It’s a part of every relationship we have. At times our sin has defined us. I am a …
We too must come to Jesus, humbly, on bended knee. Is there a sin that you need to bring to Jesus today? We must lay down our pride and arrogance and acknowledge Jesus as Lord of our life. We must submit to His authority and yield to His will for our life, confessing our sins and transgressions to Him.
And Jesus’ response? “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2; “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48; “Then neither do I condemn you.” John 8:11. Jesus reaches out to us at our point of greatest need. He is willing to enter in to our sinful life in order to cleanse us from it. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.