Now You Are Clean!
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. ~Mark 1:40
Leprosy is a slow, corrupting disease that affects every part of the body. During Jesus’ day, it was a fatal and infectious disease. An infected person was excommunicated from family and society, and he would spend the remainder of his life either as a loner or part of a leper colony. It was a hopeless life if you contracted it. However, as Jesus was ministering in one of the cities of Galilee, a certain leper heard that He was there and came to Jesus for cleansing.
We see the polluted.
One solitary leper came to Jesus. He was a diseased man. He had a disease that no doctor or medicine could help. He was a despised man. He was not allowed into the social circles of Galilee. Imagine how lonely this man was. He was a desperate man. He was destined to only get worse and not better. Having leprosy was a death sentence on your life. He had no hope. His sad situation pictures sin that has control over the life of an individual.
We see the prayer.
This man humbly approached Jesus, knelt down, and begged to be cured from leprosy. He pleaded with Jesus for cleansing. He was disgusted with his defiled condition and wanted to be cleansed more than anything else. What a powerful picture of how much we should hate sin in our life and seek the Lord for His cleansing. I think of Psalm 51, David’s prayer for washing and cleansing. We should make the practice of 1 John 1:9 a daily priority for our spiritual well-being.
We see the pity.
Jesus had compassion on this man. Jesus saw this man’s wretched condition. He saw how hurt this man felt from being rejected. Just like on this leper, Jesus has pity on us. He has unlimited compassion for our sin. He sees us as sheep wandering about without a shepherd. He sees our hopeless condition. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmity. He has pity on our sin-sick condition.
We see the purifying.
“…And saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” Jesus cleansed this leper with the power of His touch and His word. I love how it says, “And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.” Jesus said, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” We must be under the power of God’s Word for continuous cleansing. The blood of Jesus was shed to cleanse us from all sin. However, it is when we spend diligent time in His Word with a teachable heart that we experience cleansing and victory over sin in our life.
We see the proclamation.
Jesus instructed the leper to follow the Levitical laws by showing himself to the priest. However, this leper was so overjoyed that he ran out and published abroad what Jesus did for him. Like this leper, we should be excited and enthused that we are saved and our sins are forgiven. The greatest testimony we can give this world is being living proof that we have been cleansed from the defilement of our sin nature. Are you clean through the Word? Have you been under the washing of water by the Word? The psalmist said that we can be cleansed in our way by taking heed to God’s Word. Be clean today!
Have a cleansed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Isaiah 1-4