Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:40-41

Sometimes we wonder, “Does Jesus really care about my situation?”  The old gospel singer believed so when he sang, “Jesus knows all about our struggles. He will guide ’til the day is over.”

One of my old seminary professors said, “Sometimes we sing more than we can believe!”

How do we get past our existential reality of suffering to the place where we believe God?

There was a man who had leprosy. He was separated from his community. His sickness had caused him to miss out on life. He had no hope. Then Jesus came along and he was moved in compassion to heal this man. What moved Jesus to act?

  1. A leper came to him imploring him. Many times when we have reached a low point in life and we have been marginalized by society we find it hard to come back. This man heard about Jesus and risked ridicule from coming to Jesus. When we are down and out we have to find our way back to Jesus. As TLC sang, “I ain’t too proud to beg” for my healing!
  2. He kneeled down to Jesus. Kneeling is a sign of worship. It’s realizing that the one you are kneeling down to has authority over your life. When we come to Jesus are we kneeling or standing? False humility kneels on the outside but inwardly you’re still standing. This man humbled himself before Jesus.
  3. He had faith in Jesus. He told Jesus, “if you are willing you can make me clean!” We have to approach Jesus with confidence. We cannot waiver in doubt. Faith ignites something in Jesus and it cause him to be moved with compassion!

Dear God,

Please allow Jesus to move on our behalf. Your children are down here suffering, Lord. Hear our cry and pity our groans. We need you Jesus! If you’re willing heal sick bodies, move legislators to change gun laws to save our children, help your people to act on behalf of the poor. Lord we need Jesus to heal our land. Thank you for having compassion on those of us who still bow the knee and believe that Jesus has the power to heal. Move on our behalf. Please!

In Jesus’ Name,