Jesus… reached out his hand and touched the man.’ Mark 1.41
At times we read of Jesus touching people to bring healing to them, but at other times he uses a word and doesn’t appear to touch them at all. There seems to be a significance that when he was bringing healing to this leper he deliberately touched him.
His touch was a sign of his commitment and attachment to the man. The reason lepers were isolated from their communities was because they were regarded as contagious and to touch them would have been to risk infection.
Jesus’ touch was a touch of love and compassion. When was the last time this man had been touched? No matter what the risk, Jesus was going to touch him. It is interesting to note a similar incident in Luke 4.38, when Jesus deliberately bent over a woman with a fever, presumably risking her breathing germs right in his face!
Whatever your plight might be, Jesus has a compassion for you that you cannot imagine. This story about the leper being healed reveals that Jesus does not treat healing casually or lightly - and he is full of compassion for each of us. Acknowledge his love, find his compassion and begin to rest in the security he gives you.
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