40 DITW – JOURNAL – DAY # 8
Mark 1:40-45 [NLT] – JESUS HEALS THE LEPER
40 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” 42 Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. 43 Then Jesus sent him on his way with a stern warning: 44 “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.” 45 But the man went and spread the word, proclaiming to everyone what had happened. As a result, large crowds soon surrounded Jesus, and he couldn’t publicly enter a town anywhere. He had to stay out in the secluded places, but people from everywhere kept coming to him.
Put yourself in the story as each of the characters. With which character do you most relate?
I relate to the “large crowds” who surrounded Jesus, to the “People everywhere” – I’m one of many seeking Jesus. I should be one of the few, one of the one’s desperate enough to kneel in front of Jesus and beg.
Be the leper. What are you desperate for God to do in your life?
Desperate for Jesus to cleanse me of the sins that cling to me, the ugly sins that repeat themselves, the sins I wake up with that I’m not going to do “today” – the sins that I go to bed with having failed yet another day.
Be Jesus. Are you willing to touch “untouchable” people?
Absolutely! Jesus realized that the people placed in his presence where placed there my his Papa. I find pleasure in practicing Jesus’ patience with people.
APPLY IT! How does this passage apply to your life and what will you do about it?
I’m going to work my way out of the crowd and like the leper fall at Jesus’ feet.
Holy Spirit, Lead me out of the crowd to the very presence of Jesus. Humble me, remind me that I’ll never be all that I’ve been created to be, without Jesus’ healing touch. Take me from the crowds that are “awe struck” and strike me with “awe”.