He Touched Me

LEPER     A person who suffers from a slowly progressing and incurable skin disease. In the Bible the word leprosy refers to a variety of symptoms. Biblical leprosy was most likely a severe type of psoriasis.

Leprosy is a chronic, infectious disease characterized by sores, scabs, and white shining spots beneath the skin. Modern medicine has all but eliminated the disease after learning proper methods of treatment.

In Biblical times they recognized that Leprosy can only be cured by a Miracle.  There was no medical/human cure

Luke 5:12-16  “While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”  And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”  But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.  But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”  ESV

  • A INFECTED MAN had no hope for healing
    1. He was FULL of leprosy
      1. Not just infected by it – FULL
        1. He had been stricken with this disease for a long time
  • An INFECTED MAN saw one glimmer of HOPE
    1. Jesus Christ
    2. He went to Jesus and collapsed before Him
      1. LORD
        1. Recognized that He was God
      2. If You Will
        1. NOT – if you can
        2. He knew and believed He could
  • You can make me clean
    1. HEAL ME
    2. Remove the pain
    3. Remove the disease
    4. Remove it INSIDE and OUT
  • Jesus saw the INFECTED MANs pain and his faith
    1. Jesus HEALED the INFECTED MAN
    2. He was not the same anymore
    3. The sores, the scabs, the spots, the pain were GONE
  • All at the TOUCH of the Creator’s Hand
    1. His heavy burden was removed
      1. The shackles GONE
  • Science and Medicine have figured out leprosy in our day and it is very rare now – and usually curable.
    • A disease that only a MIRACLE CAN CURE
    • The disease is called SIN
      • AND IT HURTS
      • There is no human cure
      • No doctor can cure sin
      • No preacher or priest can cure sin
      • Only JESUS CHRIST can cure sin
        • RUN TO HIM
        • PRESS IN ON HIM
        • BELIEVE IN HIM
        • Ask Him to HEAL YOU
      • Romans 3:22-25a “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.”
      • I can bet this HEALED man was NEVER THE SAME AGAIN