Text: “And Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean”- Matthew 8:3.
Jesus action and word to the leper in our reference passage revealed God’s sympathy for those who are sick and His abhorrence of the disease causing them suffering. His actions and words also show us God’s willingness to heal the sick. Jesus did not keep the leper at distance as the law demands nor was he afraid of contacting leprosy by touch the him. He was moved by compassion and healed the man of his leprosy.
Most often, our lack of the consciousness of God’s presence with us and availability of His power to heal make us doubt God’s presence and willingness to heal us of our infirmities both physically and spiritually. This is the reason why Moses interceded persistently asking God to confirm His presence with them. Previously, as recorded in Exodus Chapter Thirty-two, Israelites had sinned (Exodus 32:7-28) and God had moved His tabernacle outside the camp (Exodus 33:11-22) . The Israelites were like lepers before God, for sin is like leprosy. However, God mercy and healing power was available for them. God forgave them, restored them and moved back in to their camp and continued with them as His people (Exodus 33:14-17).
Leprosy was a picture of the soul’s illness which is sin and there was no power that could release the soul from that sin until the son of God (Jesus) came, lived and died on the cross. This cleansing or healing from soul’s illness comes through repentance. Repentance is the soul’s desire for cleansing. The soul at the point of repentance is saying to Jesus “If thou will, you can make me clean” the ever ready answer of Jesus is “I will, be thou be clean”.
Our Epistle, 1 John 1:7 says we are cleansed from our sin, that is we are healed of our soul’ illness from the time of our confession and as long as we walk in the light, we walk in perfect health. The Epistle goes further to say, if we just do one thing; confess our sins, God will do four things for us: He will be faithful to us, forgive our sins, be just with us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Beloved, as God is willing to heal us of our spiritual illness (sin) so also He is ready to heal us of physical or bodily illness. He says in His word, Exodus 15:26 “I am the Lord that health thee”. In Isaiah 41:10, He says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee; I will uphold thee with the right hand of righteousness.
In addition to this the Bible says that Christ suffered so we can be healed “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are made whole”- Isaiah 53:5. The above scriptural passages are evidences of God’s pity for our illness and His wiliness to heal us.. All we need to do is to have faith and believe in His power to heal.