In Luke 5:12-14, an unnamed man enters the scene and leaves the scene, never to return. In our reading schedules, we can quickly pass over these three verses, recognizing it as another story of Jesus’ healing powers.

I was a little disappointed that for the Gospel section, my reading plan only told me to read this section – I like to read lots! But as I read these verses and pondered them, I realized that within those words, Jesus shows an attribute of Himself that is simply irresistible.

Verse 12 says: “There came a man full of leprosy.” Now, this could be any skin disease, as a footnote tells you, but the word “full” indicates that he was ridden with this disease.

Upon it being found that you have a skin disease, the town would assume it to be contagious. You were immediately cast out of town – you would lose your status, your property, even your family. No one would dare touch you.

As I read this, I realized that this leper hadn’t been touched by anyone in years. He could not remember what it felt like to make contact with another person. This wretched man was lonely beyond our comprehension.

But when Jesus comes, the faith inside the leper is stirred. He says, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” (v.12) He probably expected Jesus to stand from afar and say a word, healing him. Why would a Rabbi risk contracting such a vile thing?

As the leper cowered down, he felt something. He hadn’t been healed yet; his skin was still afflicted. No, what he felt was a light force on his head – a hand.

See, no one would touch this man. He was unclean – despised and rejected. And yet, Jesus did not wait until the man was clean before touching him. Jesus reached out and took hold of him while he was still filthy.

Romans 5:8 says this: But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus didn’t wait for us to be clean before associating with us. He reached out His hand and touched us… while we were still in our filth. We have a God who showed us such grace – when no one else would help us, He did

Wherever you are right now, thank God for this amazing gift of grace.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you all.

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