A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” (Matthew 8:2 NIV)

In the first healing miracle that Jesus performed in Matthew’s account involved a leper. Leprosy was prevalent during the times of Jesus and being one with this disease, you will be declared “unclean” by people around you. You will be isolated from others. 

In our life today, many of us are living like lepers. We may not have leprosy of our physical bodies but different aspects of our life may have been infected by leprous-like virus. We are contaminated by sin. In fact, in the Bible, we are all called sinners. We are all considered “unclean.” We are all lepers in our own way. 

Our hearts may have been broken too many times. Relationships we have may have been too tight and not genuine because of our own personal issues. Our relationship with God may seem to be a very odd thing to us. We don’t know Him anymore. 

Like the leper in the story of Matthew, all the leprosy that he has can be healed, no matter how rampant and severe it may be.

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. (Matthew 8:3 NIV)

Jesus both has the power and the willingness to heal us of our leprosy. The real question to be asked is, “Do you believe?”

Do we believe that Jesus can heal us? Do we have faith that acknowledges that only Jesus can cure us of our leprosy? Do you believe that Jesus died and rose again to restore us to the Father?

Ponder on these thoughts. Think about your own leprosy story. And ask Jesus to heal you because He is able, He is willing and you believe.