Summary: Jesus redeems the unlovable, untouchable and unreachable in our society. He loves sinners but He does not want them to remain unclean like the leprous man.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring (ðáñáêáëÝù - continually calling for help) Him, kneeling down ( falling down on knees continually) to Him and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean. (êáèáñßîù to make clean)"
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, (óðëáã÷íßîïìáé to be moved with compassion) stretched out (Ýêôåßíáò to stretch out) His hand and touched (ἄðôïìáé to touch) him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed. (êáèáñßîù APM Be clean!)" As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. (Not healed but cleansed)
And He strictly warned (ÝìâñéìÜïìáé to scold, censure, warn sternly) him and sent him away at once, and said to him, "See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them." However, he went out and began to proclaim (êáèáñßîù to make clean) it freely, and to spread the matter (äéáϕçìßæù to make known by mouth, to spread), so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.
A Redeeming Ministry
Introduction – A Heavy Price for Sin
The price Jesus paid for our redemption was terrible indeed. When we think of the extreme suffering He endured to purchase our freedom from sin’s penalty, our hearts should overflow with love for Him.
An orphaned boy was living with his grandmother when their house caught fire. The grandmother, trying to get upstairs to rescue the boy, perished in the flames. The boy’s cries for help were finally answered by a man who climbed an iron drainpipe and came back down with the boy hanging tightly to his neck.
Several weeks later, a public hearing was held to determine who would receive custody of the child. A farmer, a teacher, and the town’s wealthiest citizen all gave the reasons they felt they should be chosen to give the boy a home. But as they talked, the lad’s eyes remained focused on the floor. Then a stranger walked to the front and slowly took his hands from his pockets, revealing severe scars on them. As the crowd gasped, the boy cried out in recognition. This was the man who had saved his life. His hands had been burned when he climbed the hot pipe. With a leap the boy threw his arms around the man’s neck and held on for dear life. The other men silently walked away, leaving the boy and his rescuer alone. Those marred hands had settled the issue.
Many voices are calling for our attention. Among them is the One whose nail-pierced hands remind us that He has rescued us from sin and its deadly consequences. To Him belongs our love and devotion.
There are cries everywhere for help. When we finally realize the depths of our depravity and desperation, we will cry out to God.
A PERSONAL DESPERATION 40
The leprous man knew he had a problem. He was unable to fix it himself. No doctor could cure him. He was a desperate man!
Notice four things regarding his personal desperation: