Make Me Clean

And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”   Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansedMatthew 8:2-3 (NKJV)

These days, the disease of leprosy has all but been eliminated, but back in the time when Jesus was walking here on earth, the affliction of leprosy was basically a death sentence.  People who contracted the disease were not accepted.  They weren’t even allowed to walk on the same side of the street, and they would have to signify to others that they were, in fact, infected.  They would do this by shouting out, “Unclean!  Unclean!” while walking to notify others to stay away.  Usually 50-foot containment areas were honored as they made their way by other people who were not infected. 

Needless to say, the last thing that any normal person would do is to come into contact with a leper — or so one would think.   But then again Jesus isn’t your typical person — He is God, and He came to heal.  Such was the case of the story in the Book of Matthew about a leper who came to worship Jesus, saying to Him, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean”(Matt. 8:2)  We’re told what happened in the very next verse, “Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed”(Matt. 8:3).

You see, having faith in Jesus’ ability to heal him wasn’t a problem for this sick man.  He had plenty of faith in God’s ability and he wanted it badly, but he knew it was only possible if it was Jesus’ perfect will — and as it turned out it was.

I look at sin as a type of spiritual leprosy that has an effect upon us that is very much physical as well.  Each one of us was born into sin (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12), and each of us is in need of healing.  But the good news is it can be cured; all we have to do is reach out to the Lord Jesus and say, “Lord if You are willing You can make me clean.”   And in the same way Jesus answered the leper He will gladly answer us by saying, I am willing; be cleansed.”

It is Jesus’ desire for us to have life more abundantly — both here on earth, and with Him eternally (John 10:10), but to do so we must be delivered from the bondage of sin — we must be cleansed and healed spiritually (Rom. 6:4; 2 Pet. 3:9). When we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Rom. 10:9), and If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Perhaps today you can honestly say you once asked Jesus into your heart, but somehow you have found yourself back in the stronghold of sinful patterns.   God is willing to cleanse you completely today, and to empower you to walk in newness of life.  Stop allowing the enemy to rip you off from the victory Christ secured for you upon the cross. 

STUDY QUESTION: What was the result of the man who was touched by Jesus in Matthew 8:3?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you in need of Jesus’ healing touch today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today and ask Him to heal you of any affliction or stronghold from the enemy upon your life.  Choose to be healthy and to live in victory. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for healing me of my sin.  Thank You for Your touch upon my life.  Help me today Lord in all I do.  Help me to share Your love with others through my actions and words.  Make me clean in every area where the enemy has planted seeds of darkness and dirt.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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