8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
This verse has always confused me. Why would Jesus heal someone in front of a large crowd only to ask him to keep it a secret? I don’t understand Jesus motive in asking him to keep it quiet but I love what Jesus does here. A man comes to him in a large crowd, a place where a leper shouldn’t be and not only has the faith to ask God for a miracle but understands the authority that Jesus has over his disease.
I love the wording in this passage. The leper comes to Jesus and doesn’t ask for healing but declares whom Jesus is and his power. “Lord if you are willing you can make me clean.” The leper realises that God responds to faith and that declaring who Jesus is over his situation brings healing. Jesus responds to the leper in the same way that I believe he responds to us today, “I am willing” and immediately all signs of leprosy are gone from this man. He is completely restored.
This passage is awesome because it fills me with hope, and encourages me to lift my eyes again to see that our God is a gracious and loving God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our God is a willing God.
Lord, help us today to keep our eyes fixed on you, to see you in the midst of our situations. Remind us today that not only do you hear our prayers but that you are willing to answer them. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Written by Annique Botta