If you will, you are able!
In Mark’s Gospel chapter 1 verses 40-42, we find a powerful encounter with Jesus from a leper. I am often fascinated with this story. I see taking place in our time repeatedly some of the same principles, questions and emotions at work.
“A leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, ‘If you will, you can make me clean.'” This man, being a leper, was not just dealing with a physical condition, but he was also an outcast of society and no doubt dealing with emotional turmoil as well. He couldn’t come near any group of people, including family and friends because of his disease. So, because of his condition he was on the outside looking in. Yet he took a brave step to ignore protocol and public opinion and came to Jesus.
Like the leper, we find ourselves in a situation that we can’t do anything about. The leper couldn’t make himself clean and whole. We are born in sin, find ourselves polluted with it and cannot make ourselves clean or whole. We too are on the outside looking in because of our condition and are separated from God. We need a Savior, a healer and a deliverer to lift us above and out of our situation so that we can be cleansed, forgiven, free, healed and whole.
Within this statement that the leper makes, we can see and hear where a lot us are in life. We believe that Jesus is able. We know that God is all powerful and there is nothing too hard for the Lord to do. We have heard many times and believe that God can do anything but lie or fail. Our problem is not usually with the ability of God to do something impossible. Our dilemma comes in the form of “is he willing to do that for me?” Is the Lord willing to cleanse me? Is He willing to heal me? Is He willing to save someone like me with all that I’ve done wrong in my life?
Jesus answers with a resounding, “I am willing: be clean.” Jesus was willing and able to heal the leper in the New Testament, (“And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.”) He was willing and able then and He is willing and able now! Hear Him say to the masses with all of their needs, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28). You don’t have to live on the outside of grace looking in, Christ will bring you into fellowship with Himself and He is the only one who can. (John 14:6)
If you go to Jesus, He is both willing and able to meet your need and change your life forever!
John 6:37 (ESV) — 37: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
Do you hear that? No matter who you are or what you’ve done or what your need is, if you go to Jesus, He will not turn you away. He will lift your load and change your life. And as with the leper, He will cleanse you and make you whole. There is nothing too difficult for the Lord! All you need to do is go to Him. And you can “cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).