This is a great message for our church’s season of compassion!
Picture in your mind this scene from Mark 1:40-45…a man suffering from leprosy is approaching Jesus. His disease is highly contagious and has left him with skin, muscles and bones simply sloughing off his body. The treatment of the day was simply to isolate those with the disease. It’s possible that no one had touched him in years. Yet Jesus reached out and touched him and healed him. He was not infected by the man’s leprosy. Jesus was more “contagious” with the power of God than the leper was contagious with his leprosy.
While no Christian should be surprised by what Jesus did in this story, what we should be asking ourselves is, “Am I that kind of contagious Christian?” And, if not, why not? Have I ruled out some people–sure that they would resist the “Good News”? Can I honestly believe that some are so far from God that…
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