Wednesday, 3 February 2021
Title: Be Cleansed
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Matthew 8:2–3: 2 And a man with leprosy came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out with His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
And a man with leprosy came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” What a beautiful scene to see someone who recognizes Jesus as a savior who has power and authority to save, to heal, and to make him whole. This man did not doubt whether Jesus has the power and authority to perform such a miracle, provided He is ‘WILLING’ to grant this mercy to make him clean. He came before Jesus to plea for His mercy. He had not doubt that Jesus can fulfill his request – “LORD, If YOU ARE WILLING, YOU CAN MAKE ME CLEAN”
Another beautiful picture surfaced when Jesus responded with a gentle touch on that leper, “I am WILLING; BE CLEANSED.” It is unimaginable that one would touch a leper – a diseased and unclean man. This is one of the most beautiful pictures of the compassionate touch of the Savior and Lord God – Jesus Christ. Not only Jesus was willing to heal the man, He also showed His compassion with a touch to make him regain his self-worth – feel like a person who is being loved and cared for. It must have been a long time since he was touched by another person. After all, no one would want to touch him since he was first found to have the disease. People would run away from him, and perhaps even throw stones at him to keep him away. But for Jesus, He stretched out His hand to touch the scaly, inflamed, and discolored skin of the diseased man.
Today, Jesus is still with a compassionate heart touching sinful men like us. At His touch, we are healed and made whole again. What the ultimate, healing Jesus most desires to bring us is a complete healing from the DISEASE of SIN – that would lead our body and soul to eternal death. He wants us to be with Him for eternity. If we confess our sins and ask for Jesus to reach out, cleanse us, and give us new hearts, He will gladly do so, and the healing will last for eternity. Would we plea to Jesus today? Ask Him, “Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive my SIN. Heal me from my SIN. Make me whole again.”
Dear Lord Jesus, We are thankful for Your love to us. You come to us in human flesh to show Your humility and compassion to us. Thank You for redeeming us from SIN which leads to eternal death – making us whole again to live an abundant life with You in eternity. Thank You for Your healing touch on my life. I pray that I may be used by You in reaching out to the lost, for Your name’s sake. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
有一个长大痲风的来拜祂，说：“主若肯，必能叫我洁净了。” 看到一个人承认耶稣是救主，祂有能力和权柄拯救他、治愈他，并使他完全，这是多么美丽的一幕。这个人毫不置疑耶稣是否有能力和权柄来施行这样的神迹，只要祂 “肯” 赐下怜悯使他得洁净。他来到耶稣面前恳求祂的怜悯。他毫不怀疑耶稣能够满足他的请求 – “主若肯，必能叫我洁净了。”
当耶稣温柔地触摸那个长大麻疯的人时，另一幅美丽的图画浮现了：“我肯，你洁净了罢！” 难以想象会有一个人愿意触摸麻风病人 – 一个既患病又不洁净的人。这是展现救主和主上帝 – 耶稣基督怜悯的触摸中最美丽的图画之一。耶稣不仅愿意医治这个人，祂还藉着触摸流露祂的怜悯，让他重获自我的价值，感觉像一个被爱与关怀的人。他一定有很长一段时间没有被别人触碰过了。毕竟，从他一开始被发现患这病以来，就没人愿意碰他了。人们会避开他，甚至向他掷石头，让他远离。但至于耶稣，祂伸出手去触摸这病人的鳞状、发炎和变色的皮肤。
今天，耶稣仍然怀着一颗怜悯的心，触动像我们这样的罪人。在祂的触摸下，我们痊愈了，又恢复了完全。施行终极医治的耶稣最渴望带给我们的是从 罪的病患 中完全得治愈 – 这 罪的病患 会引致我们的身心灵走向永死。祂希望我们与祂永远在一起。如果我们承认自己的罪，祈求耶稣伸出手，洁净我们，并赐给我们新的心，祂会很乐意这样做，并且疗效将持续到永远。我们今天会向耶稣恳求吗？祈求祂：“亲爱的主耶稣，请赦免我的 罪 ；使我从 罪 中得医治。让我再得以完全。”
亲爱的主耶稣，我们感谢祢对我们的爱。祢取了肉身来到我们中间，向我们显示祢的谦卑与怜悯。感谢祢从将会导致永恒的死亡的罪恶中救赎我们 – 使我们再次得完全，在永恒中与祢一起过着丰盛的生活。感谢祢的触摸为我的生命带来医治。为祢的名，祈愿祢使用我来帮助那些迷失了的人。奉耶稣的名，阿门。