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. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him. Luke 5:12-13
Here we see a man covered in Leprosy coming to Jesus and begging for his healing! Now at first glance, you might say “This really has nothing to do with me” but at a second glance you need to understand you are the Leper. From a spiritual perspective, we are all Lepers, we are all sinners and unclean before a Holy God. The only way our souls can be cleansed is by the blood of Jesus Christ!
From an Old Covenant perspective, what the Leper was doing was unlawful. An unclean man couldn’t come in contact with a “clean” person, especially a Rabbi, the Son of God. But this is just a revelation of the New Covenant, where Christ can make us clean! The only thing that would save this man is Jesus, and the only thing that is going to save us is Jesus, period!
Notice the man’s approach to Christ, “He fell on his face” he cried out to The Lord with godly sorrow and humility. And notice Jesus’ response “He touched him”. Again this is not lawful under the Mosaic Covenant, Jesus can’t be touching unclean things, but Christ is instituting a New Covenant, that will set the captives free and make us clean!
And 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. But 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. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. Luke 5:14-16
Jesus did a strange thing , he told the man “but tell no one I healed you” We see this throughout his ministry, Jesus didn’t want them to know he was behind the healing, why? Because he wanted everyone to come to Christ on their own initiative. Jesus even rebuked the demons of speaking about him, because he wanted the people to truly seek him with their hearts
But even so , the fame about Jesus spread everywhere! But many people came to Jesus for the miracles and not for the Miracle Worker! And Jesus needed to withdrawal in the wilderness, to be alone with our Heavenly Father, so he can remain in His Will and not the will of the people
We all have spiritual leprosy, are you seeking Jesus for a cleansing? Are you on your face to The Lord asking for his mercy? Seek the Great Physician and you shall be healed, give your life to Christ and he will give you eternal life Amen!