Episode #84: Outstretched Hands
“And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” (Mark 1:40-41)
Leprosy is a nasty disease. It starts at the extremities in the fingers and toes. It slowly works its way up the body destroying the flesh and the nerve endings so that the leper who is being killed, no longer feels the pain. The lepers know they are sick, but they also know there is no cure for the disease. There is nothing they can do to heal themselves. This man realized this and fell at the feet of Jesus. Out of faith, he asked Jesus to cleanse him. Jesus was moved with compassion and at the words of Jesus, the man was cleansed.
Sin is just like leprosy. It starts small and gradually works its way deeper into our lives. We become numb to the damage it is doing to our lives. The plan to be cleansed and saved from this terrible disease is in verse 40. We must recognize we are sinners in need of cleansing. We must know that we cannot cure this disease on our own and that Jesus is the only one who can. Then, we must humbly come before Him and ask in faith to be cleansed. Verse 41 shows the response of Jesus. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand to the leper. On the Cross, moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hands so that we may be cleansed. I urge you, if you haven’t already done so, recognize that you need to be cleansed, and humble yourself before Jesus. He is compassionate and willing to cleanse you.
Let us be a people who stretch out our hands to the lost and the hurting in this world and lead them to the outstretched hands of Jesus.
Love Y’all! Be Blessed!