Matthew 8:3 NKJV - "Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, 'I am willing; be cleansed.' Immediately his leprosy was cleansed."
Jesus was willing! The leper recognized Jesus had the right to make whatever decision He knew was best, and He was willing to say "Yes!" What an impact that must have had on that leper, let alone all those who observed. It has had a wonderful impact on me, too! Watching this leper and Jesus has made me so appreciative of the leper's attitude and the compassion, mercy, and power of Jesus in response.
Did you also note something else in this Daily Verse that was amazing?! Jesus TOUCHED the leper! Now, if you go through the Old Testament you knew that anyone with leprosy was supposed to be quarantined from society. No one was to touch a leper or allow a leper to touch them! That was simply taboo! And yet Jesus touched this man! How long had it been since this man felt a human touch? How many times had his relatives wished they could hold him, hug him, and let him know that he was loved? I don't know. Most lepers at that time were outcasts and even their relatives may have been afraid to even get close to them. But Jesus showed this man that he was "touchable"!
Sometimes, there are people in our lives we dare not get too close to. Not just because of some contagious disease. For some, it's not their germs as much as it might be their reputation. We sometimes avoid the person who has a "name of shame" attached to them. We don't want to be associated with someone like that.
Praise God for those who got close enough to "touch us" with God's love and compassion. May we be willing to allow the Lord to lead us to those who need just such a touch to bring them to Christ.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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