WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED
Jesus and his followers were walking a dusty street. Children danced about them with glee, giggling as Jesus would would toss them dried figs. Once a dog snatched the sweet treat in mid air, and the happy band added their laughter to that of the children. It looked like another joyful day to listen to this unique rabbi, who had such an appeal to the poor of Palestine.
But then came the cry, “Unclean! Unclean!” The crowd around Jesus froze in their tracks as the diseased man approached, then shrunk back dismayed as Jesus strode forward to meet the leper.
“Has he taken leave of his senses again?” one man snorted derisively. Another, this time a woman, implored, “Let us see what the Master will do.”
Jesus glanced at his followers, now a full fifty meters behind him, as the leper fell to his knees and begged, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean!” The heart of Christ went out to the man, while his anger burned bright at the pain of a fallen world. The crowd saw his jaws clench for a moment, then his shoulders relaxed as he said, “I am willing.” He reached forward with his hand, and to the horror of the crowd, touched the rotted flesh, saying, “Be clean!”
As if by magic, (or should we say), by the power of God, the man’s leprous hands turned from white to a healthy pink. He leapt into the air thanking and praising God, while some of the women began to creep closer for a glimpse of yet another miracle performed by this very strange rabbi. Others stopped following that day, no longer willing to risk exposure to the worst disease known to humanity.
WHAT DID HAPPEN
Mark 1:40-45 (MEV)
40 A leper came to Him, pleading with Him and kneeling before Him, saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, extended His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I will. Be clean.” 42 As soon as He had spoken, the leprosy immediately departed from him, and he was cleansed.
43 He sternly warned him, and sent him away at once, 44 saying, “See that you say nothing to anyone. But go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to proclaim it widely and to spread the news around, so that Jesus could no more openly enter the city, but was out in remote places. And they came to Him from every quarter.
Are you suffering illness? Ask for healing. It may come as you hope, or health may arrive in other surprising ways. But by all means, ask. The anger of Jesus burns, not at you, but at the illness that afflicts you.
He is willing to heal.
Written by: David Martin