As soon as Jesus came down from delivering the Sermon on the Mount, He encounteedr a leper. In the Sermon on the Mount (chs. 5–7), Jesus teaches about the kingdom of heaven; now He begins to demonstrate it through powerful deeds.
In the Old Testament, God was not to be touched or handled—think of the tabernacle, the ark of the covenant, which represented His presence. Leviticus was all about being clean to even be in His presence. But in he New Testament. Jesus goes out into the world touching all manner of uncleanness and cleansing it and healing it.
Easton’s Bible dictionary says: Leprosy was “the outward and visible sign of the innermost spiritual corruption; a meet emblem in its small beginnings, its gradual spread, its internal disfigurement, its dissolution little by little of the whole body, of that which corrupts, degrades, and defiles man’s inner nature, and renders him unmeet to enter the presence of a pure and holy God”
With one act, Jesus broke the law (and fulfilled it).
Like the leper, we are polluted by sin, but the presence and work of Jesus cleanses all that. We don’t have to bring ourselves clean to Him, He does that for us. The miracle happened when that leper stepped out in faith and knelt in worship before Jesus. His act of worship ignited Jesus’ willingness to take away His unclean state.
Mentioned on the Show:
Reach Out and Chat
How to Listen to The Podcast
If you’re not familiar with podcasts, imagine them as radio shows you can listen to at your convenience. You can listen on your phone or tablet while you drive, workout, or during chores--the possibilities are endless!
1. Listen here on the blog. Click the little play button at the top of this post and enjoy.
2. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play. Please click subscribe so you don’t miss an episode. Also, I'd love it you'd leave a rating on iTunes and/or Stitcher. Your review helps other listeners find the podcast.
3. Share today’s episode. Email or text the link to a friend or share on social media: click the share button below.