Sunday 7 February
Mark 1v40-45 (ICB)
40 A man who had a harmful skin disease came to Jesus. The man fell to his knees and begged Jesus, “I know that you can heal me if you will.” 41 Jesus felt sorry for the man. So he touched him and said, “I want to heal you. Be healed!” 42 At once the disease left the man, and he was healed.
43 Jesus told the man to go at once. But Jesus warned him strongly, 44 “Don’t tell anyone about what I did for you. But go and show yourself to the priest. And offer a gift to God because you have been healed. Offer the gift that Moses commanded. This will show the people that you are healed.” 45 The man left there, but he told everyone he saw that Jesus had healed him. So the news about Jesus spread. That is the reason Jesus could not enter a town if people saw him. He stayed in places where nobody lived. But people came from all the towns to wherever he was.
Jesus is so kind to the man in this story. He is willing to help, even when no one else is.
We probably don't have a nasty skin disease like the man did but we all have the disease called sin that means we put ourselves before God.
But if we come to Jesus like the man in the story, and ask him for help, he is willing to make us clean on the inside so we can be forgiven and friends with God. This really is amazing love.
Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding us that Jesus can make us clean in your sight when we come to him for forgiveness. Please help us to know the joy of being cleansed from our sin. In Jesus name, Amen.