The Life of Christ - Cleansing Infirmities with a Willing, Compassionate Touch - Tuesday, January 23rd
And a leper came to Jesus, beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. And He sternly warned him and immediately sent him away, and He said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news around, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere. Mark 1:40-45
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Last week we considered how the words, “He went about doing good” were a fitting description of Jesus going about fulfilling his earthly ministry. Today’s Scripture gives another snapshot that captures in beautiful detail the fullness of him doing just that. We have the simple account of a needy human being coming to Jesus for help and Jesus doing good on his behalf. The goal of today’s Devotional is for us to come before Jesus in such a way that we actually experience the good he wants to do on our behalf right now. What do you say? Are you ready to receive help from Jesus for a special need in your life? Just mirror for yourself what you see in today’s passage. Prayerfully come before Jesus. Beseech him – tell him what you want him to do for you. Fall on your knees before him. Say to Jesus, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Now, believe with every fiber of your being that Jesus is moved with compassion for you and your need. See Jesus in your mind's eye stretching out his hand and feel his glorious touch upon you. Hear him say, “I am willing; be cleansed.” I hope you were able to come before Jesus in this way and I hope that the outcome was that your infirmity (problem) left you and you were cleansed. However, remember that our faith is in the Lord himself and not the outcome we want. Our heartbeat is always, “not my will be done, but yours, oh, Lord.” Surely, the good Jesus wanted to do on your behalf in your encounter with him was done.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Your encounter with Jesus through the spiritual exercise of this Devotional is your prayer response for today.
Posted on Tue, January 23, 2018
by Ken Hart