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Matthew 8:2-3

And behold, a leper came to Him, and bowed down to Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

People have messed up this passage so completely, but we are here to set the record straight today. This passage is more of Matthew recording the miracles of Jesus as proof of his deity. What we were supposed to learn from it was first, that Jesus heals and second, that he is willing to heal.

It was forbidden to touch a leper. Doing so would make one unclean. In fact, the question arises as to why this leper was even in town. The beginning of the chapter tells us that a large crowd surrounded Jesus, so this fellow was mixing in a crowd. Lepers were supposed to isolate themselves outside of town. Then Matthew makes a point of saying that Jesus touched this guy. There are several messages there, but the one I wish to highlight is that Jesus became ceremonially unclean when he touched the fellow. Jesus knew the law. He knew the implications of touching the man. Okay, but then the leprosy was cleansed so what are the rules now? Legally Jesus would have needed to go through the rites of ceremonial cleansing, but do you see how he turned the law on its head? Most importantly, the chap was healed. Jesus proved his willingness to heal.

Here is how we have turned this passage on its head. We have made this passage a question about Jesus’ willingness to heal rather than a statement. The passage is Jesus saying, “I am willing.” We no longer need to ask him if he is willing to heal us. It is said and done. I hear people say often, “If God is willing.” We get prayer requests for healing on our Prayer Request page expressing the same uncertainty, and if you have ears to hear, doubt. We don’t know if God will heal or not, don’t know if He is willing or not, so we overload our immediate environment with the doubt ladened words of, “if He is willing.”

Well, let us put that to bed forever. God is willing! Remember yesterday’s verse where Jesus healed all. He didn’t discriminate but was willing to heal all. Re-read today’s scripture. Jesus said, unequivocally, “I am willing.” We know “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever,” (Hebrews 13: 8). If he was willing 2000 years ago, he is willing today. He doesn’t change. He has not gone hardhearted on us during the ensuing years.

If you had any doubts about Jesus’ willingness to heal you, I hope they have been resolved today. He healed all the people who presented themselves to him, not choosing between them. He healed the blind, the crippled and those with infectious disease. He healed the broken hearted and abused. There is not one ailment, malady or disfunction that he is not willing and able to heal today. Let his willingness to touch you be resolved in your heart and mind today and forever and let that understanding heal you.

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