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.”
There was no worse disease than leprosy in New Testament days.
To be a leper, was to live a life of separation, suffering, and loneliness. You would never be touched, held, or hugged. You would live a life of isolation from your family and friends; often taking years to die.
The leper who came to Jesus believed He could heal him, but he wasn’t sure Jesus would take the time, or have the desire to heal him. He was confident of Jesus ability to heal, but not sure of his desire.
When Jesus saw this leper, He responded with compassion.
He was moved when he saw the man’s condition and his suffering. Jesus’s compassion was followed by action and healed him.
I came across the verse not long ago in my personal Bible reading. The words “I am willing” seemed to jump off the page at me. I can’t think of any time when someone came to Jesus asking for healing or help that He didn’t respond.
So often we come to God in prayer feels as though we need to convince Him to hear our prayer or meet our need. We forget that Jesus is generous with His healing and help.
How do you see Jesus?
Do you see Him as the one you must convince to answer your prayer, or as one who is ready and willing?
I love the phrase in this promise that says Jesus was moved with compassion. Jesus knows our weaknesses or lack of faith and our tendency to follow our desires instead of His.
Jesus is moved with compassion for what you are facing today, and He is willing and able to bring healing and help to you.
Whatever your need today, Jesus is saying, “I am willing.” Allow Him to be your healing, helper, and compassionate friend.
Look at that promise again.
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.” – Mark 1:40-41
Make this confession.
Jesus is moved with compassion for me.
He is willing to enter into the problems I face.
When I come to Him, He always hears my call.
In Jesus Christ, I find compassion and healing.