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#73 The Leper Hopes

Leprosy was the kiss of death. And not only were you doomed, but the diagnosis came heavy with humiliation–everyone believed it was God’s judgment for sin.

There were no exceptions, even priests and kings had to leave society and live only with other lepers. Most Lepers didn’t seek healing. That hadn’t happened since Elisha, centuries before.

But one leper hears of Jesus and dares to hope. He has heard how he heals every disease, even raising the dying, and he dreams of finding him. But how? He has to cry “Unclean” if ever he comes around normal people. How could he get close enough for healing?

Even if he does, would Jesus heal him? or treat him like the Pharisees, as under the curse of God, and warn him to flee? He determines to find Him somewhere between cities.

Spirit guides this poor, decaying man to Jesus. He finds him teaching a large crowd beside the lake. He watches from a distance as people are healed.

Moved with desire, he approaches, forgetting all caution or fear of rejection.

Someone sees him and cries out. They jam against each other escaping contact. His rotting body is terrible to look at, awful to smell. Some try to prevent him from approaching Jesus.

He doesn’t notice, all he sees and hears is Jesus. Falling at his feet he cries, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”

“I want to!” says Jesus and touches him!

Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:2-4, Luke 5:12-15

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