Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Mark 1:40-41
We aren’t lepers, but we have junk that eats away at us.
Junk that makes us feel like outcasts, like we are unwelcome, like we don’t belong.
But here’s what we do. We put words in Jesus’s mouth.
“This is what you deserve.”
“This is your punishment.”
“Things are never going to get better, never going to change.”
That’s a tragedy.
The reality is, if we have the boldness to approach the King of Kings, look how He responds.
He is moved with compassion.
He stretches out His hand.
He touches us.
He says, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
Be healed. Be restored.
He is willing.
Often more willing to answer than we are to ask.