40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42 And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
In this early section of Mark’s gospel, Jesus is demonstrating his identity and his compassion. We have seen him healing the sick and driving out demons. He is doing miracles that show his authority over both the physical and the spiritual hardships of this world.
This healing is singled out. A leper comes to Jesus and humbly asks for healing. Jesus most certainly could have commanded the disease to be healed. But, the way that Jesus does this has my attention.
First, we see that Jesus is moved with compassion. He cares about this man’s hurts. Second, Jesus actually reaches out and touches this man, something that nobody in their right mind would do in that day. But Jesus did it, because Jesus was defeating the darkness and bringing healing and restoration in the man’s brokenness.
It is good for me to see this part of my Savior. He is powerful. He is also kind. He heals, which is great. That he is moved with compassion, that he touches the untouchable, that is more than great. He is far more kind that me. He is far more willing to get dirty in order to make the world into what God designed it to be. He is worthy of not only our worship but also our admiration, our awe, our love.
Lord Jesus, thank you for healing this leper in this way. Thank you for showing us that you are not only powerful, but you are also kind. Help me to remember this tenderness that you display. Help me to display such tenderness to others.