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The Healing Touch
In the Word
And behold, a leper came to him and knelt down before him, saying, “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 his leprosy was cleansed (Matthew 8:2–3).
Of the Word
Can you imagine what it would be like to not be touched? When you reached out your hand, no hand would reach back to touch yours. When you were overwhelmed or frightened, no arm would come around your shoulder to bring comfort. That was the lot of lepers in Jesus’ day. They were ravaged by disease, labeled unclean, and faced a lonely life.
Jesus did an amazing thing when He healed the leper. He touched him to bring healing. Jesus not only cleansed him of disease, He sent him back to his community clean. The touch of Christ reunited the leper with his friends and family.
The Savior does no less for us. He cleanses us with the healing of His Gospel and takes our lonely place of judgment on the cross. From that cross He draws people to Him from everywhere.
Walking with my Lord
Lord, thank You for Your healing touch that has the power to renew me. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Mustard Seed: In Times of Need. Authors: Rev. Larry Krueger, Rev. Mike Mattil, & Rev. Kris Whitby. 28/30 ©2015 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. Code: #40197
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