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Jesus Cleanses a Leper

Mark 1.40-45
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 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.
Jesus is about his purpose of proclaiming the good news of the kingdom. A leper came to Jesus and begged Jesus to cleanse him. Leprosy was a dreaded disease because it made one ceremonially unclean. A leper could not fellowship with his family or community and was dependent on charity. There was no cure for leprosy. Can you imagine how lonely the leper must have felt in his isolation?

Jesus touched the leper and said, “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. Jesus told the man to present himself to the priest so he could be ceremonially clean and socialize. In this way Jesus follows the law and shows the priest that he is a healer.

The man was so excited about being cleansed that he told everyone about it. Jesus had to stay out in lonely places, but people still came to him from everywhere.

Are there areas of sin in your life that you need to ask Jesus to clean?

Do you share with others what Jesus has done for you?

Blessings,
Anna
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