This man approached Jesus with a huge need. Jesus responds with compassion by touching him and healing him.
Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. (Mark 1:42 NLT)
Could a life turn around any quicker?
One moment, this man was covered in the most tragic disease of that time and then instantly the power of God has cleansed him completely.
One moment, this man had to remain separate from others and then instantly he could rejoin the community.
One moment, this man wondered at what the Will of God would be and then instantly he knew not only God's Will (to heal him) but also God's heart (to touch him with compassion).
No longer would he be held back. He could go and do the many things he had longed to do. He could get up and at em'!
The leprosy that held this man hostage is a scary picture of sin in our lives. Sin also infects and spreads. Sin also removes us from community. Sin also remains uncured without the power of God. Just like this man, when we come to Jesus, turn from our sin and ask Him to forgive us we are instantly forgiven. We are no longer held back by the power and filth of sin. We are free.
You don't have to question God's will in the matter of sin. He made it clear to us here:
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:8-9 NLT)
I think today would be a fabulous today to recieve forgiveness and cleansing! What about you?