7th August 2012

Jesus Makes Us Clean

“Lord if you are willing you can make me clean.”
Luke 5:12 (NIV)

I recently watched an old episode of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, which stars Jane Seymour.  It featured a lady with leprosy whose clothes covered her body to hide the disease. When they found out, the townspeople were afraid of catching the disease and they shunned her. In the end she was forced to leave the town.

In the Bible (Leviticus 13 & 14) there were laws to protect people from infectious diseases. The sufferer was required to be quarantined and no one would touch them. They were pronounced unclean. Only when they were well would they be pronounced clean by the priest.

One day Jesus was asked by a leper to make him clean. Jesus then did something very different—instead of avoiding the man he reached out and touched him, and he was healed.  Like lepers our sins have made us untouchable to God, but in his great love for us he sent his son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for us. We have been washed in his blood and made clean. As he did with the leper those many years ago, Jesus reaches down to touch us and make us clean.

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to cleanse us by his shed blood, so that in him we can stand before you without spot or blemish.

Study by David Boardman

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