Jesus Heals a man with Leprosy and deals with the results.

We continue our study of the great Book of Luke. He brings us the message of Jesus touching a man with Leprosy and the price He paid to do that…

“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged Him:                         ‘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!’ And immediately the leprosy left him. 

Then Jesus ordered him, ‘Don’t tell anyone, but go show yourself to the Priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.’

Yet the news about Him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” (Luke 5:12-16)

Luke tells us “the news spread about Him all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear Him, and to be healed of their sicknesses.” In the Book of Mark, we see more of what happened to cause the spread. Jesus had asked the man ‘not to tell anyone, just the Priest.’ Mark says, “Instead he went out and began to talk freely spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to Him from everywhere.” (Mark 1:45)

Leprosy was terribly feared because there was no known cure for it and some forms of it were highly contagious. Leprosy had a similar emotional impact and terror as AIDS does today. The Priests monitored the disease, banishing lepers who were in a contagious stage to prevent the spread of infection and readmitting lepers whose disease was in remission. Because leprosy destroys the nerve endings, lepers would often unknowingly damage their fingers, toes and noses. The man in Luke’s story had an advanced case so he had lost much of his body tissue. Still he believed that Jesus could heal every trace of the disease. 

And Jesus did just that. He touched this untouchable, contagious man in order to restore him to a full clean life. This He will do and does for us today as we ask Him to and believe that He can and will. Let us believe. Let us ask for healing for the things in us we think are unredeemable. Let us then receive His healing and forgiveness and love despite what he knows of us. What we know of ourselves that sometimes keeps us in a state of feeling unworthy. 

Jesus knew the man He had cured would tell it even though He had asked him not to. Jesus also knew what would happen when the news of Him curing leprosy got out. That it would cost his own ability to move freely in his ministry. But he gave the man healing anyway. This is the Love that Jesus had for his followers then and it is the love he has for us now… except there are no limitations on Him now. He always does what is best for US. Sometimes we do not know what that is, but He always does. and wants to give it to us, his siblings, His Father’s children. ๐Ÿ™

Let us keep all those in war in your prayers. Pray for peace. I say it every week but these situations are devastating for those in them and ripple out to potentially affect us all.๐Ÿ™

Love you dearly, my Brothers and my Sisters. May our Sweet Lord’s Blessings and Love be yours in all things and in all ways.โค๏ธ

Poppa B.