And behold, a leper came and worshipped 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 cleansed. Matthew 8:2–3 (NKJV)
What a beautiful picture of the love and mercy of God. Here is a man who as a leper was ostracized and cast away. Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, is a disease that gets worse over time. It is a disfiguring condition that causes skin sores, nerve damage, and muscle weakness. It is rare in the US, and can be treated by modern medicine. But in the ancient Biblical world, leprosy was un-treatable. It was worse than a sentence of death. Leprosy was painful and disfiguring, and the person who suffered with it was shunned and isolated, because the disease was so contagious.
But this man heard Jesus was in town and the bible says he came worshipping.
How many of us become down and allow the enemy to steal our praise out of our mouths? This man could have come crying and begging for healing but instead he came worshipping Jesus and our healing and deliverance is in our mouths.
Then the bible says the Jesus put out his hand and touched him. In this day, it was unheard of that a Rabbi or any devote Jew would touch a leper. According to a strict interpretation of Mosaic law, this is a violation which would have made Jesus ceremonially unclean.
So, you can imagine that this man has spent years untouched and unloved Jesus touches him right in his sickness and heals him. Imagine years of sickness, years of pain, knowing death is coming and worse you are going to die alone. All this is taken away in one touch by the master.
Leprosy is a picture of sin. How it starts small and grows infecting our body minds, and souls causing us to become separated from God but there are 3 points I want you to see as we go into prayer.
We must be determined to get to Jesus, that nothing is going to get in the way of our time with God, our prayer time, worship, getting to the house of God. We must have faith that when we go to God that he can and will answer our prayer.
Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need