Today, please read: Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26, Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:18-22, Matthew 9:14-17, Luke 5:33-39. Come on back and let’s visit – what is your highlight today?
Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed” Mark 1:41
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Matthew 8:3
Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Luke 5:13
I know its easy to skim, and repetition can be repetitive 😉 but here it’s important to notice: every one reported the cleansing of the leper in the same way – the leper said, “If You are willing” and Jesus replied “I am willing” – Jesus WANTS to heal us! He WANTS us to trust Him in everything, praise His Name. Different writers, different perspectives, but there was only one way to communicate this story: Jesus was willing to heal!
Jesus always followed His passion and let His purpose dictate: He was about inviting outsiders, drawing people from any walk of life closer to God. Let’s be the same!