When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” (Matthew 8:1-4)
Tonight in Bible Study, having ended our journey through Matthew’s recording of the Sermon on the Mount, we began our journey into Matthew Chapter 8. This chapter is riddled with accounts of Jesus’ healing and deliverance ministry. The chapter opens with the account of Jesus healing a many who suffered with leprosy. We observed that the man, having heard about the ministry of Jesus, came to our Savior, and before he asked for anything, he knelt in reverence to the Lord. Beloved, when you come into the presence of the King, its so easy to go into “asking” mode, but can we at all times, enter into His courts with praise and into His gates with thanksgiving? Before we ask Him for anything, we ought to be conscious to thank Him for everything. Having knelt in reverence, he boldly asked the Savior for a healing. And look at what Jesus did: He reached out and touched him. Him: the LEPER! He who was by reason of his disease ceremonially unclean. He who should have been quarantined. He who wouldn’t have even been allowed in the presence of other worshippers. I believe in part because of his boldness, Jesus not only healed him, but touched Him. Oh, that we could be more like Jesus – TOUCHERS! All too often, we say we want to reach people; we want to help people; we even want to pour into people. But do we want to reach out and TOUCH people. People who don’t look like us; smell like us; live like us; talk like us; act like us. To really be an agent of God’s transformation, beloved, we’ve got to TOUCH people. Not necessarily in the natural, literal sense. To touch something or someone is to make contact with them. Oh, we come into contact with people all the time. But do we make contact with them. Do we leave an imprint upon them? Jesus touched the leper and look what happened: IMMEDIATELY the leper was healed. Beloved, you want an immediate, a right now blessing: I dare you to touch Jesus. And more importantly, I dare you to allow Him to touch you. Allow Him to make contact with you, to leave an imprint on you and I promise you, you will not, shall not ever be the same. Do you need a healing; a financial breakthrough; a new job; a restored marriage; a reclaimed child; a new ministry? Whatever it is, reach out and touch Jesus and get ready for an immediate blessing! God Bless You! Pastor J.