‘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!” Mark 1.40-41
Jesus had just been asked whether he was willing to bring healing and we are told that his reaction was to be indignant. The word that is translated ‘indignant’ is very powerful and conveys a deep compassion; it refers to an emotion deep inside - Jesus was moved.
When we are in need and approach God, it is easy to forget that he cares about our situations. In fact, he feels far more strongly than this and is actually moved by the things we suffer. It was never his plan that we should live in a broken world where sickness and pain are common. When Jesus took on human form and ministered amongst us, he encountered the pain and suffering of people at first hand. Pausing to recognise that this moved him helps us to glimpse something of the Father’s heart that led to him giving Jesus for us.
Of course God cares about all that you are facing, but it is more than this; he is indignant about your suffering and has a deep compassion for your situation.
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