Luke 5:12-16 (NKJV) 12 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 13 Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.” 15 However, the report went around concerning Him all the more; and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by Him of their infirmities. 16 So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
In verses 12–15 we have the story of Jesus cleansing a leper. Luke was a doctor and he made clear of the fact that this man was full of leprosy. The man had an advanced case of leprosy, and it was quite hopeless. The man could not be cured by the medicine and medical treatment available at that time. It was humanly impossible to cure him. And so, the man was isolated, kept apart from the rest of society because he was a leper. He was unclean. Then one day the Lord Jesus Christ came by, and the man with leprosy fell on his face before Jesus and implored Him, saying “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” The faith of this man who was full of leprosy was remarkable. The priests in the Temple could not cure him. But he knew and believed with all his heart that the Lord Jesus Christ could heal him. The man had absolute confidence in the power of Jesus. Notice that the man said, “If You are willing,” this man did not make a demand to be healed because of you he was, or because what he could do, or because he could pay for it. Rather he made a humble plea, with no inherent right to be healed, but casting himself on the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. And Jesus said to him, “I am willing, be cleansed.” Notice how the Lord healed him. Jesus put forth His hand and touched this man who was full of leprosy. To touch a leper was dangerous medically, defiling religiously, and degrading socially. But the Lord Jesus Christ contracted no defilement. Instead Jesus’ power surged into the body of the leper like a cascade of healing water. And immediately the leprosy left the man. Oh, how a lot us needs the Lord Jesus to touch our lives today. And if you belong to the Lord Jesus, and you are fishing at the Lord’s command, then be confident that He has equip you to reach out your hand and touch some soul whom only you can touch for the Lord Jesus Christ today, because Jesus is always willing. Take note as well, that the Lord Jesus charged the man to tell no one about his healing, but to go straight to the priest and present the offering prescribed by Moses. For every detail of this offering spoke of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, the sight of the cleansed leper, which the priests had never seen before, and the offering itself should have been a testimony to all the priests in the Temple that the Messiah had at last appeared. But their hearts were blinded by unbelief. Oh, how a lot of people are blinded by unbelief. Their hearts are solid as a rock, hardened by the world philosophies and man-made religion, and false doctrine that is designed to keep them chained to the false teachers and preachers. Oh, it is sad to see people condemning themselves because they do not believe in the Son of God, the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. But notice, that the news of this man’s healing traveled quickly, and great multitudes came to the Lord Jesus for healing. Who was it that told of the miracle? It could not have been the priests, for they did not believe. People who knew this man saw him and they saw with their own eyes the results of the miracle that Jesus performed, and they believed. My friend, many people back then believed because they could see physically how Jesus changed this man’s life. How many more people would believe when they see how the Lord Jesus touched your life and changed you? Now, Jesus often withdrew into the wilderness for a time of prayer. We ought to do the same, we need to have a rejuvenating prayer life.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.