Jesus and the leper . By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator.

On a ministry of Pastor Paul Dec [ 1] .



 40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees :- If you want , you can make me clean.41 Filled with compassion , Jesus reached out and touched him , saying :- I want to. Be clean!42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was healed .
Mr. 1.40 - 42NVI

Evidently the man would have heard the story of Jesus , his mercy and miracles that God did through Him
This man , which does not register any name , it came very close to Christ , while Jesus only had to extend his hand to touch it. In doing so the man was breaking the Law of Moses , which expressly ordered that lepers could not get close to people, but should stand at a safe distance and shout, " Unclean, unclean " to warn everyone that they should not approach them . This was the attitude that had the group of ten lepers of Luke's account :

11 Jesus Going to Jerusalem , passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village , there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, saying ! , Jesus, Master , have mercy on us! Luke 17.11 - 13 RV60 .

And why should stow away ? At that time , there was no any treatment for leprosy , then the only thing left to do was keep the disease from spreading, and this was accomplished by isolating the sick .
In the book of Leviticus [2 ] there are a number of ordinances regarding leprosy , when a suspected person was infected was due to the priest , who would assess whether it was a fad or disease . If indeed the person was suffering from leprosy , was separated from his family, his people and was isolated . It was a terrible thing, besides suffering a disease that destroyed her body every day , the person was uprooted all, was declared unclean and would have no physical contact with anyone. A leper was isolated, alone , destitute , was discriminated against, despised , leprosy was taken as a " punishment from God " , therefore the patient was listed as a "cursed" . There was nothing he could do and the sick society could not do anything for him . The suffering this disease was "dead " in life , literally.

But despite all this , the man had the confidence to approach Jesus and knelt before him he said :
- If you want , you can make me clean. He had no doubt that Jesus had the power and authority to do the impossible, save him from this terrible plague. He had a faith and understanding great because he also recognized the sovereignty of God, therefore I beg you to heal starting with If you want. He was submitting to the will of God and was willing to accept that maybe the Lord did not want !
If you want to , and his whole being would be crying on the inside : "Please like, grant me health, the opportunity to stop being a pariah , to return to life, to family, to work, to insert myself back into the society "

41 Filled with compassion , Jesus reached out and touched him , saying :
- I want to. Be clean!
The mercy and love of God is above the law touching the leper Jesus was breaking the rules given to Moses . He could have dropped the phrase without touching the person . But he chose to. The Master's Touch maybe it was to heal the body but to bring a balm for that man who had not had any physical contact or show of affection from who knows how long ago !

42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was healed . A tremendous miracle , healthy , restored, now had a new opportunity. I could go home , be with your family , work , dream , live ...

In the Bible , leprosy is a type of sin . The Word of God says that the wages of sin is death [3 ] .
We see it everyday as sin , like leprosy , killing people little by little every day : As the vice of drugs , alcohol , depravity , violence , etc ... are rampant in society. People are destroyed by the practice of sin : First of them and then lose family , friends, work , opportunities. Sin ruins our society.
As happened with society in ancient times with leprosy , who had no " treatment " and could not give an outlet to the sick, so does our society: It has no choice but to offer it is sunk in the middle of vices and errors .

Who can help then? Only Jesus has the power and sovereignty to change what is impossible for man . Jesus still has the " Healing Touch " and " If I want to heal " on their lips today as yesterday, because He does not change .

If you have or know people in their environment suffers problems you can not solve , such as drugs , alcohol , pornography , violence , prostitution, sexual uncertainty , know that these things lead to a living death . But whoever approaches the Master and ask Him receive His mercy and salvation.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Week 70 is about to begin, now is time to repent of evil to eternal salvation.

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[1 ] Paul Dec is part of the pastoral team and director of the Bible Institute of the King of Kings Church in Belgrano , Buenos Aires Argentina , whose senior pastor is the Rev. Claudio Freidzon .
[2 ] Leviticus 13
[3 ] For the wages of sin is death , but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 RV60


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