Leper Cleansed


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The Man with Leprosy

    When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

    Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” -- Matthew 8:1-4

Jesus had just finished his sermon on the mount. Large crowds of people had followed him as he descended from the mountain, many of whom had undoubtedly heard his sermon.

Among those who surrounded the Lord was one who was a spectacle of affliction and misery, a leper who approached Christ with awe, kneeling before him, and saying, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus was willing, and the leper was healed.

In the leper, a representation of the sinner

  • Leprosy resides in the infection and impurity of the blood, while sin is a moral defilement of our nature
  • Leprosy is contagious, as is sin, creating an atmosphere of disease and death
  • Leprosy is of a spreading nature, as is sin, which defiles the whole man; body, soul, and spirit
  • Leprosy is painful and, at least in that day, loathsome; as is sin
  • Leprosy was an incurable and disfiguring disease, at least by human means. This is also the case with sin
  • Lepers were excluded from society, as sin separates us from God and his people
  • Uncured, leprosy ends in death. Sin, when it is finished, brings forth death

Christ is able to cure both the leprosy of the body and the moral defilement of the soul

  • He possesses all power, in heaven and on earth
  • He did cure often, while he was on earth
  • He came into the world to do that
  • He heals through his word
  • He saves mankind through his blood

Coming to Christ is necessary, if we are to be cleansed

  • Came to Christ
  • Worshipped Christ
  • Addressed Christ in earnest
  • Exhibited faith that Christ could heal

The power of belief

  • Faith in Christ secures the appropriate relief





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