"A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, 'If you are willing, you can make me clean.' Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. 'I am willing,' he said. 'Be clean!' Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed." Mark 1:40-42
What healing touch do you need in your life?
"I am willing--be clean!"
These are some of the greatest words spoken in the Bible. Through Jesus, people can have peace with their past and peace as they move into their future. Through the Savior's healing touch, sins are forgiven and lives are restored.
Think about it. How many sections in the hospital would be closed, how many counselors' offices would sit empty, how many bars would go belly up, and how many pharmaceutical companies would go bankrupt if only people could find Christ's healing touch?
Healing. Forgiveness. Peace. Eternity. Our Lord extends His hand and says, "I am willing."
• " 'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life' " (John 3:16).
• "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).
• "For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility" (Ephesians 2:14-16).
True peace in Christ is what everyone needs and longs for deep within their souls. It's why the gospel message of forgiveness of sins is called the gospel of peace. God wants everyone to know His love. He wants to set humanity free and give us eternal peace.
Lord, I need healing too. Work in my heart. Change my life. Amen.