Luke 5:12-14: 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.”
There is so much to take away from this request:
- “Lord, if Thou wilt…” If it is in Your will, Lord. It reminds me of the Lord’s Prayer: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven… “
- “Thou canst make me clean.” You can make me clean. This was a statement of what he believed Jesus can do, not what he thought He must do. He is acknowledging that Jesus has the power; but it is His will that matters. It is up to Jesus whether or not he is cleansed.
What a show of humility!
And He put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, “I will: be thou clean.” And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
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.
I find this to be such an interesting statement. If a miracle like that happened to me, I’d have a hard time keeping quiet and not telling people, I think. The man didn’t have to go tell everyone though; everyone saw that he was clean. He was a walking testimony.
I spoke to a friend of mine about this and he said, “I never thought of this: it’s a picture of us after we have been cleansed from sin!” I hadn’t thought of it that way before either; but isn’t that an exciting thought?!
And it is always in His will to forgive sins and cleanse our hearts. 🙂 What an amazing Jesus! ❤