Has Jesus reached out and touched your life? Do you have more concern over being made spiritually whole than having physical wholeness?
Digging Deeper: Luke 5
Key Verses: And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.” However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. 16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. Luke 5:12-16
Jesus came to minister to individuals and that was one of the reasons that the Jewish population as a whole totally missed seeing that He was their long awaited Messiah. They were looking for a king who would rule and restore their nation, and free them from the bondage they were experiencing under the Roman Empire.
Jesus came to earth because he deeply cares for individuals.
He cares about what you are going through today.
Today we are looking at Luke 5. I hope you take the time to read the whole chapter because there is so much for you to soak in.
We are only going to be looking at five verses that I hope will speak to your heart like they did mine.
According to Mosaic Law, a person with leprosy was to yell out, “Unclean, unclean” wherever they went. (Leviticus 13:45-46) It was to keep the disease from spreading.
They would be defiled If they touched a person with leprosy.
Jesus’ Healing Ministry
Jesus’ healing ministry was prophesied in the Old Testament in Isaiah 35:6-6.
There was so much sickness and disease among the Israelites that some see it as a lack of obedience to the covenant made at Mount Sinai. (Deuteronomy 28:1-68)
We often forget to take God seriously. In our culture, sin is explained away and accepted as the person’s choice.
We fall so short of what God expects of us, yet, Jesus compassionately cares deeply about us, despite our sin and failings.
Have You Asked Jesus for His Touch?
And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” (Luke 5:12)
Leprosy in the Bible is like sin.
Leprosy ravishes the body and eventually: fingers, toes, hands and parts of the body fall off. As a child, it was heartwrenching to see lepers begging for money in the city where I grew up overseas.
The Mosaic law would have required a leper to cry out, “Unclean, unclean” everywhere he went. It was a way of protecting others from the disease.
This man was living the severity of his disease as he experienced separation from family and friends. The loneliness, let alone being destitute from assistance of any kind must have been devastating.
BUT he wanted Jesus to make him clean more than his physical need for healing.
We all have issues in our life that we would want to be delivered from. Maybe you are facing a serious illness like some of my friends. Finances also can devastate a marriage and family.
Whatever you are facing, are you asking Jesus for help?
Too often, I try to wiggle my own way out of the problem without even thinking to ask Jesus for help.
Are you asking Jesus to help you grow closer to Christ through your circumstances?
Physical healing is what a sick person wants; spiritual healing is what we should want most.
The Leper’s Requests Jesus to Make him Clean
. . . and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” (Luke 5:12b)
The leper knew Jesus could heal him. He had faith. He was more concerned with being spiritually whole than receiving physical wholeness.
He wanted something lasting.
Has Jesus Touched Your Life?
Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:13)
This was a bold, compassionate touch from Jesus.
When Jesus reached out to touch the leper, it was against the ceremonial law. A leprous person was not to be touched.
The leper must have been totally shocked when Jesus touched him!
Jesus left a meaningful impact on this man that gave him more than his physical healing.
The man wanted to be cleansed. That was more important to him than his physical healing. He had faith, yet submitted to the will of God and said to Jesus, “If you are willing.”
Are you desiring Jesus to touch your life and to deeply change you from within and make you clean?