This morning I read a life lesson from my Inspirational Study Bible which made me fall deeper in love with Jesus. The lesson was based on Mark 1:1-45 where Jesus touched a leper. It was unthinkable to touch a leper. They were banished from society and if any of them came close to people, they were stoned. They had open sores and dirty bandages which made them repulsive and no one wanted to touch them. Yet, this was the first thing Jesus did. He touched the leper who came and knelt before Him and said humbly, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
It says that Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him. The commentary I read in the life lesson says: Even before Jesus spoke to him, He reached out His hand and touched him. Can you imagine what that scene must have looked like? Think how this man must have longed for someone to touch him, not throw stones at him to drive him away. Jesus could have healed him first and then touched him. But recognizing his deepest need, Jesus stretched out His hand even before He spoke words of physical and spiritual healing (From The Gift of the Blessing by Gary Smalley and John Trent). When I read this tears came to my eyes.
This poor leper, outcast from society because he was feared and loathed, received love’s touch from the One who was not only able to heal him but was willing to. Jesus said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
How many of you want to feel love’s touch? How many of you have trouble touching someone because they are not attractive? Remember compassion is not given to the attractive but to those who are starving for it.