“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. 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.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:12-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬


Unclean. In the times of Jesus, there was nothing more feared than leprosy. People who were diagnosed with it, were instructed to be apart from others and were commanded to cry “unclean” as they approached. They were the ultimate outcasts, reviled and moved to the fringes of society.

““Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.”
Leviticus 13:45-46 NKJV

Here was a man, consumed by leprosy, and driven by desperation, who had heard of the great miracles being done by this Jesus. Risking it all, he dared approach the populated areas, and found Jesus. He fell on his face before the Lord, in the utmost example of humiliation, he fell on his face, for he wanted more than anything to made clean.

I am sure the people who were massed around Jesus, stepped back, as they knew that this man was most leperous.

But Jesus.

As the Lord’s ways are not our ways, He approached, He reached, and He touched. We tend to pull away from those we encounter, who seem unclean, opting instead to huddle with our fellow saints. But in that glorious moment, the pure and Holy God/Man encountered the filthy, unclean leper and the man was healed. Jesus met the leper where He was.

“And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
Matthew 8:2-3 NKJV

To touch the leper was to be made unclean. Jesus did not hesitate to reach out to him, for in Him was the power to heal.

In these increasingly perilous days, we are becoming encircled by lepers, as the world has been inverted and what was once clean, has been deemed unclean. We find that we are the ones held outside the camp. Even as we have been rejected, we still have the mission to go into all the world and share the Good News.

In our interactions, we will need to be willing to approach the moral lepers, those we have cast off. Let us take to heart how our stature in society has been diminished, and let us approach with empathy and humility.

Let us also remember the way that we were. Those of us who have been saved out of deep sin, have testimonies that resonate with those caught up in the undertow of a sinful sea that is the world.

I know that I was once a leper, once outcast and unclean. But the Lord Jesus met me where I was, and saved my soul. The Lord placed me in a church full of people who loved me where I was.

Brothers and sisters, regardless of how the society views us, or treats us, we have the Good News. Let us be like the four lepers in II Kings:

“Then they said to one another, “We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent. If we wait until morning light, some punishment will come upon us. Now therefore, come, let us go and tell the king’s household.””
II Kings 7:9 NKJV

We too are waiting for the morning light, and the rising of the Son. Let us be bold to share the Good News while there is time.

Let us be reminded of our own sinful state, before the Lord Jesus met us where we were. Let us remember all the faithful servants who Jesus sent into our paths, who were willing to reach out and touch us spiritually, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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One thought on “Touch

  1. I love that story from 2 Kings 7! That is a great challenge to my selfish human nature. Thanks so much Bernie!

    Proverbs 24:10-11 (ESV) 10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. 11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.


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