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. Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. ~ Mark 1:40-44
“If you are willing.”
They were his last words of hope.
Leprosy marked his body, while rejection laced his soul.
He had been declared “unclean” by society, and no one would come near him.
No one except for Jesus. As the man bowed at His feet, Jesus looked upon him and was filled with compassion. Reaching out, Jesus did what no one else dared to do, he touched him.
“I am willing,” Jesus said.
With one touch and three words, the man was healed.
Life was restored.
Hope was renewed.
Joy was ignited.
I imagine this man on his knees before Jesus not knowing what to expect. The scriptures say he bowed his face to the ground. Perhaps he felt shameful, embarrassed or even nervous. Regardless of how he felt, when his wretched “if” collided with the “Great I AM,” the extraordinary happened.
A debilitating rash was erased and freedom was gained.
Relationships were restored.
And, labels were removed.
No more declarations of unclean, rejected or unworthy.
Because he came to Jesus.
Maybe you can identify with this man. Leprosy probably doesn’t mark your body, but perhaps shame, regret and hopelessness do.
Maybe a wrong decision has left you with devastating consequences.
Maybe you feel rejected, abandoned or like an outcast.
Maybe you have regret.
Regardless, a burden will keep us from experiencing wholeness, unless we become like the man with leprosy and kneel at Jesus’ feet.
A burden becomes a blessing when it brings us closer to Jesus.
I believe we all desire wholeness deep in our hearts, yet becoming whole is impossible outside of a relationship with Jesus.
In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Jesus has made a space at His feet for everyone.
No matter what your need is; no matter how you feel. I believe Jesus is looking at each one of us, like he looked at the man with leprosy, and saying, “I am willing.”
The only thing holding us back from receiving His touch is the space between His feet and our knees.