We are reading through the gospel of Luke during lent; following the Leader as He battles Satan in the wilderness, faces persecution in Nazareth, performs miracles of healing, calls His disciples, on his way to the cross.
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” (Luke 5:12)
Matthew Henry explains that leprosy, in the case of this miracle of healing, is symbolic of our spiritual leprosy and sin. Healing comes in seeking Jesus, just as this man did- humbling ourselves, falling on our faces and believing that Jesus can cleanse us.
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:13)
Jesus touched this man. He could have spoken the healing but He touched the man that no one would touch. Touched, cleansed, and healed in Love. He is willing to cleanse us of our sins.
Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:14-15)
Jesus instructed the man to be a living testimony, and we should be the same. And then Jesus “withdrew to lonely places and prayed”. Jesus didn’t need to retreat to avoid distraction. Matthew Henry explains that Jesus did this to be an example to his followers to take time of private devotion.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
We are forgiven and we are a treasure in the arms of Christ!