Jesus touches a lepers soul

Matthew 8: 2-3
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 cleansed of his leprosy. 

Leprosy at that time was a death sentence, you were removed from your loved ones. You would never see them again. You would never be able to hug your wife, children, mother or father ever again. You lost everything you worked your whole life for. You were an outcast. Anytime a normal person walked by them the lepers were required to shout “unclean!, unclean!” so people would not come any closer because leprosy was so contagious.
You lived in total isolation until your body fell apart and you eventually died alone.

If you notice before Jesus healed the leper physically He reached out and touched him with His hand. No doubt this man had not been touched in a very long time and had forgotten how it actually felt. Only dreaming every day of what it once was like.
That seemingly simple touch by Jesus did more to heal that mans soul than we can ever imagine. Not to mention, Jesus gave him his life back through the physical healing as well.

Leprosy is a typology for sin in the Bible. We were once all lepers before we were touched by Jesus. He came and cleansed and healed each one of us. We were hopeless before He came and gave us a new life.

2 Corinthians 5: 21

For our sake He made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.


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