Wednesday, December 15, 2021
He Carried Our Diseases
8 1-2 Jesus came down the mountain with the cheers of the crowd still ringing in his ears. Then a leper appeared and dropped to his knees before Jesus, praying, “Master, if you want to, you can heal my body.”
3-4 Jesus reached out and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there, all signs of the leprosy were gone. Jesus said, “Don’t talk about this all over town. Just quietly present your healed body to the priest, along with the appropriate expressions of thanks to God. Your cleansed and grateful life, not your words, will bear witness to what I have done.”
-Matthew 8:1-4 The Message
Jesus Cleanses a Man with Leprosy
8 Verse 1 When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.
Verse 2 And a man with leprosy came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Verse 3: Jesus reached out with His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately, his leprosy was cleansed.
Verses 2-3 studies: Like AIDS, Leprosy was a terrifying disease; there is no known cure. In Jesus’ day, the Greek word for leprosy was used for various diseases, and some forms were contagious. If a person contracted the contagious one, a priest declared him a leper and banished them from home and city. The leper would be sent to a community with other lepers and live there until they got better or died. When the leper begged Jesus to heal him, Jesus reached out and touched him, even though his skin was covered with the dread disease. Another incurable disease is sin; we all have that. Like Christ touched and healed the leper, he would need to do the same with us with sin and restore us to real living. But we have to realize like the person with leprosy realized he can’t cure himself and that Christ is the only one that can help.
Verse 4: And Jesus *said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
Verse 4 study: The law required a healed leper to be examined by the priest (Leviticus 14). Jesus wanted the man to give his story firsthand to the priest to prove his leprosy was gone entirely so that he could be restored to his community.
Matthew 9:18; 15:25; 18:26; 20:20, John 9:38, Acts 10:25
Matthew 11:5; Luke 4:27
Matthew 9:30; 12:16; 17:9; Mark 1:44; 3:12; 5:43; 7:36; 6:30; 9:9, Luke 4:41, 8:56; 9:21; Mark 1:44; Luke 4:14; 17:14; Levicitus 13:49, 14:2
Father, as we study miracles, I thank you for diagnosing another miracle. I have had a tumor since my childhood that I never knew about, and for it to not be cancerous is a miracle. I can’t be anything but thankful because I was blinded by it. You weren’t blinded by it and made sure that your works showed. If anybody doesn’t think it is a miracle, I can’t convince them otherwise. My childhood was over 20 years ago. Just like what you have done in the Bible and the many stories we will be reading will show your works and how you can be trusted. Thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.