by Josh Vahle
When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. 2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” 3 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. – Matthew 8:1-3
Jesus had just given a masterpiece of teaching on what it means to follow him and live by His Teaching. He came down from the mountain where he had given this Master Class on becoming learning obeyers who have God’s Truth written daily on the tablets of their hearts (kind of like when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai after God gave him the 10 Commandments written with His Finger on Tablets of Stone). Huge crowds of people were following him wherever he went. And then, you won’t believe what happened next, a leper, someone all broken out in pussing contagious skin disease, walked up to Him…(just imagine everyone scattering because they didn’t want to get infected from the MRSA-like boils)…and the man kneels down right in front of Jesus, and he says: “My King, if you want to say the command, You can heal me.” And so Jesus reaches out His Hand to re-write this man’s story…(and the people watching were held captive in suspense because if Jesus touches the leper, Jesus will get infected with the skin disease, become unclean according to their religious laws, and be treated as an outcast forced to live outside the town)…But instead, Jesus, touches, him, the contagious man, and Jesus says: “I want what you are desperate for. Be clean. Now.” And a miracle happened. Supernatural Healing from God flowed through Jesus fingers into the boils….and the man, was infected, with Jesus. Jesus was contagious…with the Power of God Almighty. The leper was healed! Completely. Clean. Welcomed back. Welcomed in. New. Accepted. Home again. Immediately. And now he is contagious with Jesus’ “leprosy”…if he has eyes to see it. Incredible!!!
Jesus, we are unclean. In places and ways we don’t want anyone to know. If You are willing, You can make us clean and new again. Please, will you reach out and touch us? Make us contagious to be able to infect others with You. Amen.