Mark 1:41 – “Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”
A sick man comes running to the Savior. Leprosy was a horrible and terrible disease. It destructively ate away part of the physical body. It created a grotesque deformity and stench that caused people to keep a distance. Jesus didn’t go to the man, the man came running to Jesus. An absolute wrong of the day. A leper was to keep their distance from all people. Not this man. “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” said the leper. It’s not a question, it’s a statement. A statement of faith in the Savior. Jesus’s response, “I am willing.” He was willing to do more than heal the man, He was willing to touch the man. Who would dare to touch such an unclean human? A beautiful Savior. He was so moved by the man, that He had to move on behalf of the man. Christ was compelled to respond to the man’s faith for his need for health. Christ has compassion for everyone in need, but not everyone has faith in Christ for their need. The question is, “Do you believe for your need?” Do you believe Christ is the answer to your need? Is He the source of your deliverance and healing? Is He the first one you run to or the last one you turn to? He’s willing to heal if you’re willing to kneel. Come and kneel before Him in dependency of heart and life. The statement of the man reveals his total trust in Christ. The man knew that Christ was the only solution to his problem. What he didn’t know, was if Christ would be willing to be the solution to his problem. Saint, the leper is proof that we serve a willing Savior. He was willing then, and He is willing now. Willing to heal. Willing to save. All you need is to believe.