From Pastor Gary...
And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3)
People of Jesus’ day who had leprosy were considered unclean and thus excluded from the community. A person who touched someone with leprosy could also became unclean. This miracle showed Jesus’ power over sickness. When He touched the man, Jesus did not become unclean, but rather the man was cleansed from his disease. One can only imagine the joy the man felt when he was cleansed. Imagine how comforting human touch was for someone considered untouchable.
Jesus was in the habit of touching lives. He still touches lives today, and still makes the unclean to be clean. We are cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7) which He shed on the cross to wash away our sin. Through faith we receive God’s forgiveness. We are not outcasts because Christ has brought us into His community of faith.
Thank you, Jesus, for shedding your blood on the cross to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Amen.
Verse for today:
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)