Mark 1:41Posted 09/13/21, by Dan Vis
Early in the very first chapter in the book of Mark, we get a hint at the answer to this question. To set the context, a leper had come to Him, "beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt thou canst make me clean" (Mark 1:40And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.). And then the verse I want to zoom in on today:
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
It's a powerful verse--expressing the heart cry of Jesus, and the motivation behind it. His desire was to see this afflicted man cleansed. And what drove Him was compassion.
It's a powerful metaphor of the grand purpose of Jesus, isn't it? Man afflicted with the leprosy of sin. Helpless, to cure himself. Jesus, moved with compassion, longing to deliver Him. So much so that He is compelled to reach out and touch the human race. To become one with us--so He could speak the words we need to hear.
It all makes me reflect on my own life. Do I see those around me struggling with issues as afflicted by a cursed disease? Does it move me to get involved, to serve them, to care for them? Am I willing to draw close to their life, and touch them with genuine spiritual cleansing? Do I even know how to help?
It seems to me we Christians are too often caught up in theological debate, to castigate and condemn those who don't share our precise doctrinal positions. And we don't have near enough of what drove Jesus. Not near enough compassion. Not near enough desire to heal.
The next verse shows the potential of a mindset like this: "As soon as [Jesus] had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed".
|Posted by Qing Ling on 09/14/21|
|Thanks for this reflection Dan. I haven't considered this verse before from the context of putting myself in Jesus' shoes :)|
|Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 09/14/21|
You have nailed what is the prevailing malady of the church- a lack of compassion for souls. Jesus told us in Matthew 7:21-2321 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. the result of a cold, lifeless religion; He won’t identify with them. Let’s pray that our walk reflects His love.
|Posted by Jeannie Marcoux on 09/13/21|
|As I read, “I will, be thou clean.” It made me think of all the detox programs to cleanse the body for healing. Jesus is able to clean every whit of us. My immediate heart was, “Me too, Lord.”|
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