THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
An elderly man was on a cruise ship.
The captain noticed that during lunch and dinner, the man was on the deck of the ship, drinking water and eating cheese crackers.
The captain approached the man, and asked, "Why don't you dine with the others in our dining room?"
The man said humbly, "I don't have enough money left. I'm elderly, and on a limited income. I just barely had enough money to purchase the ticket for the cruise."
The captain said, "But sir, the cost of meals is included in the price of the ticket!"
In the words of my friend, Bro. Mickey Bounds,
"There are many things included in the ticket of salvation: blessings in this life, not just when we get to heaven!"
(Cooking Up Another Story, by Mickey Bounds, 2003, p 118)
40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
We may not have noticed, but there are three theologically sound principals in this very short passage of Scripture.
First, he that comes to God for cleansing from sin, must come begging, pleading, and in trust.
Second, God is ALWAYS willing to accept a penitent sinner, and provide salvation.
Third, God's healing is continual and eternal.
Contemplate the first.
The leper came "beseeching Him, and kneeling down to Him."
He came as a beggar!
He came knowing full well there was no power for cleansing except Jesus would give it.
He came trusting God's compassion!
Casting himself before Christ, this leper knowingly broke the ceremonial law which disallowed his presence among people (Leviticus 13:45-46).
When we sin, let us run unceremoniously to Jesus Who will receive and cleanse us! (1John 1:9)
Contemplate the second.
Jesus did not chide him for breaking the law, but immediately reached out and touched him!
This also broke a ceremonial law (Leviticus 5:3)!
But Jesus never sinned (1Peter 2:22).
God will never sin, because He will have no part of it.
However, God will willingly "touch" the sinner! And that, to provide cleansing.
(Isaiah 53:12, 2Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:3)
Though He Himself "knew no sin," Christ was "made sin" for US in order that He might impart to us "the righteousness" of God!
God is ALWAYS willing to accept a penitent sinner, and provide salvation!
Contemplate the third.
When the disciples came to Jesus in the storm, He spoke three words, "Peace, be still," (Mark 4:39) and the storm DIED!
When this leper came to Jesus, He spoke five words "I will; Be thou clean," and the leprousy was CLEANSED!
When the leper was cleansed, he was also kept!
That disease did not creep back into his body. Jesus' cleansing of that disease was continual and eternal.
When the penitent sinner comes to Christ for cleansing from sin, he is accounted received, cleansed, and made a "son of God" (1John 1:12).
His sin is no longer counted against him, and his surrender to Jesus is counted as righteousness above all sin! (2Corinthians 5:21, 1John 1:7)
God's healing is continual and eternal!
Let us come DAILY to our Lord, Jesus.
Let us come humbly, begging and pleading for cleansing.
Let us know that He will willing receive us and apply the blood to us.
And let us know that by this, we are continually and eternally cleansed.
We are also FILLED with the unceasing desire to share the good news of Christ with others!
Are you healed, cleansed and filled?