Jesus’ Healing Touch

A devotion on Mark 1:41-42

Being moved with compassion, he stretched out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I want to. Be made clean.” When he had said this, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.
–Mark 1:41-42

This passage of scripture tells of Jesus healing a man who suffered from leprosy.

In those days, people considered leprosy and other diseases and disabilities to be God’s punishment for a person’s sins.

Because leprosy was so contagious, lepers had to live in a place separated from family and friends. If people come close to them, the leper had to ring a bell and shout “Unclean! Unclean!” to warn people away.

That’s what makes this healing so special. Jesus touched the man, making Jesus the first human touch he had felt in a very long time. But Jesus didn’t just touch the man’s skin. He touched his heart as well.

Both the leper and those who witnessed His healing were amazed that Jesus would touch him. But Jesus wasn’t afraid or repulsed by the man’s skin. Neither is He afraid or repulsed by your bad habits, or ailments, or disabilities, either. He wants to heal you — both inside and out.

Let today be the day you experience Jesus’ healing touch.

Prayer

Dear loving God, Thank You for touching my heart and soul. Thank You for the healing power of Jesus’ blood for my sins. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Reflection

How can I, by faith, feel the touch of Jesus and experience His healing power?