Matthew 8:1-3, “1 When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed”
There is a battle going on that is creating havoc in people’s lives. Many are puzzled by this thing I will call a giant in the room. It has put fear in people. Those who could be trusted to kill it and get rid of it are sometimes left defeated and helpless to do something about it. Some appear to have succeeded in getting rid of it, only for it to come back, sometimes more aggressive. They have tried to contain it, slow it down, cut it out, change the tactics in dealing with it but still. This giant in the room is none other than Cancer. A few months ago, I lost an aunt to it and my wife also lost an aunt to it. The most prayer requests that come my way are cancer related. If I was to ask you, you will say you know at least one person battling this giant. As this is a result of Adam’s sin, all human are plagued with diseases starting with sin. How do we respond and deal with this elephant in the room that has terrorized people?.
In the bible days, leprosy would be equivalent to cancer in my judgment. Not how it was perceived and dealt with but how it left people with little or no hope. There was no cure for it unless a miracle happened. Miracle for this kind of disease was very rare, example of Moses’ sister Miriam, Naaman the Syrian and several people Jesus healed.
One of them is of this man who we are not told of his name but his condition. After preaching the sermon on the mount, this man meets him at the bottom of the mountain. People with such diseases were not allowed around people. In fact this disease was associated with sin, therefore those who had it were to be isolated. Some lived on the mountains, tombs constantly chanting unclean. The only time they would be allowed back is when they miraculously became healed, and only the priest could inspect and pronounce them clean.
This man broke everything that was required of him as a leper just to meet Jesus. When he met him, he worshiped him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” With such humility and such confidence in the One with the ability to make people clean, he came. Mark that he did not use the word “if you CAN”. The “CAN” was settled in his heart. He echoed the prayer of Jeremiah 32:17,”‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You”. Whether “He wills” was his dilemma. With such great faith in Christ’s ability, Jesus first touched him and spoke the words he was anxious to hear, He said, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed”. No one touched the lepers, but Jesus did and healed him “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”, Matthew 8:17
Regardless of how great this giant is among others and has caused havoc in our families, the question if God can touch and heal has been settled. What many are battling is if He is willing. I believe that if it’s going to bring Him more glory, to advance His kingdom, He will for there is nothing too difficult for Him. This man’s healing was a big picture of Christ who has the ability to deal with the leprosy of sin plaguing us. Only He the highest priest can cure and pronounce us clean regardless of whether He uses doctors, supernatural healings or not heal. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us”, 1John 5:14. He will get all the credit for how great He is. We have a part to play like this man, pray and pray and trust God to bring through those battling it. We help them make it to the mountain where they meet the One who identifies with our infirmities. The outcome is in His hands.
May the Lord strengthen our faith to believe that He can and is willing if it’s a means by which He will make His name great. 2Corinthians 12:9-10 “9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong”, the giant in the room is but a shadow of greater things to come, it was defeated at Calvary. Blessings Ev