28 October 2016
Reading: Job 19; Mark 1-2
40 A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” 41 Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” (Mark 1:40-41 MSG)
4 When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on his stretcher. 5 Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.” (Mark 2:4-5 MSG)
Two incidents. In the first, Jesus was deeply moved, in the second Jesus was impressed. What moved him deeply? What impressed him?
Jesus was deeply moved by the quiet, unassuming faith of an outcast leper. This man, who lived without hope as the infectious, degenerative disease ravaged his body, saw Jesus and believed that he could heal him. He came quietly and humbly and said, “I know you can heal me if you want to.” Jesus was deeply moved. Jesus reached out his hand and touched and healed this unclean leper. “I want to!”, He said!
Jesus was impressed by the bold roof-ripping faith of four men who loved their friend enough to do whatever it took to get help for him. I don’t know if their plan included appropriate apologies and roof repair. I do know their determination led to an act that impressed Jesus and resulted in the healing of their friend.
I need Jesus’ healing, cleansing touch on my life every bit as much as the outcast leper. I need his forgiveness and his healing of my spiritual paralysis every bit as much as the paraplegic on his cot on the floor in front of Jesus.
Does my humility and faith ever deeply move Jesus? Does my bold belief ever impress him? I want to approach Jesus with a humble acknowledgment of my need and my confidence in his power and love. I want to take bold steps of roof-ripping faith on behalf of those in need. How about you? Ready for some roof-ripping faith!?
Jesus, Master, if you want to, you can cleanse me. Jesus, I’m willing to take bold steps based on my faith in you. I am trusting that as I do, you will free me from paralysis of the soul and send me on my way to do your will. May it be so! Thank you!