Find Healing and Wholeness at the Feet of Jesus

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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.

Why?

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.

10 thoughts on “Find Healing and Wholeness at the Feet of Jesus

  1. Veronica Thomas says:

    I am so blessed by your posts! Such insight to the stories that were told in the bible that bring life as we know and experience it to a healing in many ways! Reaching out to the one who truly cares about us when we don’t feel that anyone does and when we feel unworthy of any love at all. HE cares about us in any situation we go through ! Thank you for letting God use you to encourage others!

    • Thank you, Veronica! That’s my hope to illuminate the scriptures for others! It brings me joy to know the words God has allowed me to write are blessing someone else! Love you dearly sweet friend!

  2. “A burden becomes a blessing if it brings us closer to Jesus.” Amen amen. I love that and it’s a beautiful sticky note reminder of daily trials that will ultimately lead us directly to him. Thank you for sharing this great word today and thank you for blessing others by linking up to Open Mic Monday over at Cisneros Cafe. Have a blessed week, friend. <3

    • Carolina, thank you for all your encouragement! I am so glad God allowed our writing paths to cross. He is gracious and I am grateful for your friendship! Big blessings to you, friend!

  3. D K Friedmann says:

    I’m so touched by your writing.
    It lifs me up every time I read it. Thanks for making it easy to understand the Love of God .

  4. Leigh, very much enjoyed your post, so beautifully written. Makes me wonder how many of us can be healed from the pain of our past if we just go to Jesus and allow him to work in us. Happy to have found you today at Cisneros Cafe.

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