The Touch of Jesus
My Bible reading right now is in the gospels. I love reading about my Savior’s life, His teachings, and how much He loved fallible people (like me). One thing that I was noticing as I read was how Jesus compassionately touches the people around Him.
Maybe it’s because one of my love languages is physical touch that I notice it, but where others would hesitate to touch someone of that nationality, or that illness, or whatever other superficial reason, Jesus was willing to touch them not only physically, but spiritually. There is one story in particular that always brings a tear to my eyes.
Leprosy was a disease that not only ate away and disfigured, but isolated. A person with leprosy was not allowed to live within city limits. they had to leave behind their loved ones, their family, and live with other lepers. No one wanted to even brush against a leper because it would make them unclean and potentially infect them as well. They had to announce their ailment everywhere they went so that people could move out of the way.
In Mark 1:40, we see a leper approach Jesus. He says “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” The faith that he has in the healing power of Jesus is noteworthy. Who knows how long he had been a leper? How long had he been devoid of human touch? What happened next probably made people gasp in horror.
‘Moved with pity, he [Jesus] stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.”’ (Mark 1:41) Jesus touched the leper. He didn’t worry about being made unclean, didn’t worry about catching leprosy. He saw the man’s need, felt compassion, and met his need. I wonder if the man tensed at his touch, not wanting to infect Jesus. Or maybe he simply relished the contact after being denied any human touch. I don’t know. What I do know is that Jesus touched him before the man was healed. The next verse says that immediately the leprosy was healed.
There’s two things I want to point out. First the unclean never contaminates Jesus. He cannot be made unclean, and yet a simple touch from Him makes all things clean. While we can become filthy easily by others around us, when we go before Jesus it never rubs off on Him. Instead He lovingly touches us and makes us clean.
The second point is that the only thing that cleanses us is Jesus. This man is a great example of salvation. For him it was a physical healing, but it works exactly the same for a spiritual healing. The man had faith that Jesus could heal him, and he approached Jesus to tell him that he believed. Jesus touched him and made him clean. I love it that Jesus says, “I am willing,” because He is not willing that any should perish, but all should believe (2 Peter 3:9). He is willing to heal each and every one of us. His touch will clean us and we’ll never be the same.
Have you experienced the touch of Jesus in your life? Are you willing to believe that he can heal you if He is willing? My friend, He is willing. Go to Him and let Him heal you today!
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