In Mark 1:40-41 below we have an awesome opportunity to witness Christ’s example of compassion right before our very eyes. In Bible times those with leprosy were outcasts…lived outside the community, far away from others because their disease was contagious and there wasn’t a cure for it at that time. They were viewed as unclean people and cursed by God. What I want us to consider from this passage is what Jesus’ compassion led Him to do. Just think about what His onlookers and skeptics must have been thinking. My questions for each of us individually are as follows, “Am I moved with that much compassion that I’d be willing to reach out and meet the need of someone around me today? Am I willing to get dirty for the sake of someone getting clean and right before the Lord? Am I willing to be Jesus with skin on to them? What would happen to them if they’d allowed Jesus into their lives?
Practicing His Presence,
Mark 1:40-41 40 A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. 41 Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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