Google+ 06/16/14 Let's Love and Heal, and Not Judge!

Matthew 8:1-4

 

Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside.

Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him.

“Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”

And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this.

Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you.

Take along the offering required in the law of Moses

For those who have been healed of leprosy.

This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

 

In part one of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "The Age of Miracles!" Jesus heals a Leper in front of a multitude of people.  As we begin this series, some of us may not believe the title.  Is it really "The Age of Miracles?"  I recently had a conversation with a very dear lady in my life.  She shared with me that a doctor had told her that "the age of miracles is over!"  Since her husband has been saved from death by Jesus on at least four separate occasions, she quickly informed this doctor that he was wrong!  Praise God!!!  There are numerous miracles in front of us every day that are exactly like the one that Matthew is recalling in today's Scripture lesson.  In the time of Jesus, lepers were not permitted to roam with the public.  Leprosy was a terrifically contagious disease and lepers were confined to separate colonies far away from the center of a town's activities.  Nevertheless, on this day, a leper appears to Jesus and tells Him that if He is willing, He can heal him of his leprosy.   The response from Jesus is so important.  Jesus says, "I am willing...be healed!"  Jesus did not say He was too busy.  He did not check His Outlook calendar.  Jesus did not form a committee and ask for a majority public opinion.  Jesus simply healed the man with an interesting twist.  Jesus tells the man not to tell anyone about this!  How could the man keep quiet?  Jesus had just changed His life in an instant.  Instead, Jesus instructs him to go to the priest and be examined.  Why the priest?  In the times of Jesus, leprosy was considered to be a "sinful" disease and one needed to go to the priest to see if one had been truly healed!  By telling the man to do this, Jesus creates a public testimony for all to see, which is then proclaimed by the priest.  As the Law of Moses required, the man brought the required offering to the temple in gratefulness.  Jesus worked within the "system" to have the man's miracle proclaimed.  We can learn much from this example.  Notice at no time did Jesus tell the man he was not supposed to be there.  Jesus did not ridicule or judge.  Jesus simple told the man He was willing and healed Him.  Jesus loved the man enough to serve him.  Might we do the same.  "Let's Love and Heal, and Not Judge!"