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A Leper’s Mercy

13. July 2015

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  —Patrick Stefan

You fell to your knees, wincing as you hit the ground on your open wounds. You felt embarrassed as the surrounding crowd stared. You knew they believed you weren’t worth the time of day.

It wasn’t terribly surprising. No one thought you were worth the time. Not your parents, when they found out you had it; not your friends, who mysteriously lost your phone number when the disease showed; and certainly not the crowds, who discarded you when they realized who you really were.

You noticed something different with this one person. Sure, the crowds were following him, but you sensed something unique. So you fell to your knees before this man, making your hideous pain obvious to the crowd who looked at you in scorn.

You certainly didn’t want their leering eyes on you, nor did you want Twitter photos circulating the internet or Facebook posts using your pain as someone’s momentary entertainment. But you felt the need to thrust yourself on bloody knees because this man might love you in spite of the disgusting burdens you carry.

So you, the leper, dropped to the feet of Jesus. And you asked Him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean” (Matt. 8.2).

That day, your cry was answered. God saw you in your pain. He stood beside you amidst the skeptical eyes of the crowd, and He answered.

Why do all four Gospel accounts show Jesus meeting the outcasts? He meets the lepers in the Synoptic Gospels, and adulterers and ...

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