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Summary: In the bible leprosy is a picture of sin; even though there has been many diseases that have been kept under control because of modem medical advances, an estimated ten million people around the world is said to have leprosy.

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Luke 5:12-15 JESUS MAKES A LEPER WHOLE 12-01-12

Today I want to bring a few thoughts to do with leprosy; let me say that Leprosy is still around in many countries even today, mainly in third world countries. Even though there has been many diseases that have been kept under control because of modem medical advances, an estimated ten million people around the world is said to have leprosy.

One form of leprosy attacks the nerves so that the victim cannot feel pain allowing the Infection to set in, and this leads to degeneration of the tissues and many times causing the limbs to become deformed and eventually falls off. -- We'll see as we get farther into the message that leprosy is a picture and type of sin.

* Listen as I read today's text found in Luke 5:12-15

And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

13And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.

14And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

15But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.

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Notice, this man not only needed to be healed of this certain death disease, but he wanted to be healed.

When a lost sinner comes to understand that he or she is surely on their way to a devils hell, and are in their right mind will come too Jesus and be healed of this demandable disease. But until they truly understand that they are lost in sin they'll never call on Jesus.

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Lepers were required to keep their distance from other people, but he was so determined that he broke the law and approached the Lord Jesus personally.

Leprosy was very contagious, but we are told in verse 13And he put forth his hand, and touched him, -- which meant that ordinarily that He became unclean Himself.

This is a beautiful picture of what Jesus has done for lost sinners: He became sin for us that we might be made clean. He took our sin and gave us His righteousness.

>>1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

>> 2 Cor. 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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* Listen as I read verse 1 again;

And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

* Jesus is not only willing to save; but He is also able to save.

>>1 Tim. 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

>>2 Peter 3:9 -- but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.


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