Jesus and the Leper

“And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, ‘If you will, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, I will; be clean.” (Mark 1:40-41)

It is amazing to read about this encounter with Lev. 13-14 as its backdrop. OT Law forbade the touching of individuals with this disease. They lived alone, outside the dwelling of the camp, plagued and detested. In fact, the touching of any such individual made one unclean.

Jesus, moved with pity, stretches out his hand and touches the diseased man (Don’t miss that!). And, far from becoming unclean himself, He cleanses the leper. Those whom Jesus makes clean, are clean indeed. In Christ, the outcasts are brought back to fellowship, and the last become first.

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