A Touch of Compassion
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling
down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His
hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mk 1:40,
Imagine what the leper was
thinking and how he felt during this time. Many questions and thoughts were
probably running through his head: What
if Jesus ignores me? What if Jesus is unwilling to cleanse me? What if I am
unworthy of His cleansing? But this leper still came to Jesus, begging
piteously and kneeling down, humbling himself before Him.
How did Jesus Christ respond to
the leper’s actions? Jesus was moved with compassion. His love for him was so
deep that He touched him and cleansed him.
The leper received more than
healing; he also received the assurance and love of Jesus. According to Jewish
law, lepers were unclean and cut off from society. He was alone and isolated.
He hadn’t felt a touch of love for a very long time. Yet Jesus had great
compassion on him.
Today, it is rare that leprosy, or
any other disease, would separate us from society. However, sin still separates
us from God, making us like spiritual lepers.
We may feel that we are unworthy
to go to God when we have sinned. We may also feel unsure and even fearful of
God’s response when we come before Him. Yet, He will touch us even though we
We hesitate to come near to Jesus
and be cleansed of our sin because we are unclean, but His heart is filled with
immense compassion for us. We are ashamed because our own actions cause us to
become spiritual lepers.
Being afflicted with leprosy
wasn’t something that could be prevented during Jesus’ time, but today we have
control of our own spiritual leprosy. We can prevent it by not committing sin.
But if we fail, we need to admit our sin and come humbly before God. His
compassion will comfort us, and His love will cover our sin.
Because of this, there is no need
to fear coming to Him and asking to be cleansed.
Question for Reflection:
How has God had compassion on us even though we