A Podcast About Encouragement
Have you ever felt “untouchable,”“unlovable”, even “unforgivable?”
“A man with leprosy came to Jesus and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.” Mark 1:40-42*
The leper came to Jesus on his knees. The knees of a disfigured leper can be terribly painful. This leper had humility.
The leper“begged” Jesus. “Beg” is from a word in the Greek language meaning someone who comes alongside to help.
The leper implores Jesus, “Come alongside me and help me.”
Wonderfully,Jesus does just that, actually touching the disfigured “untouchable” leper.
Remember this:Jesus touched the leper and Jesus touches you.
“If you are willing,” said the leper. This is the crux of his request. The issue was not“if you are able” but “if you are willing.” This leper has faith.
Again, wonderfully, Jesus replies, “I am willing.”
Come to Jesus in humility and faith with the struggles of your own soul and hear his words shouting his grace to you, “I AM WILLING – BE CLEAN.”
Joy to you – E. Stanley Ott
©Copyright 2019E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the ESV
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