What Jesus Did! 'Two Perspectives of Grace' — Luke 5:12-13

Monday, March 9, 2015

One time Jesus was in a town where a very sick man lived. This man was covered with leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed before Jesus and begged him, "Lord, you have the power to heal me if you want." Jesus said, "I want to heal you. Be healed!" Then Jesus touched the man. Immediately the leprosy disappeared.
— Luke 5:12-13 NLT
Illustration of Luke 5:12-13 NLT — "Lord, you have the power to heal me if you want."   ——   "I want to heal you. Be healed!"

Key Thought

We see two powerful perspectives on grace in this simple, yet astounding, story. First, we see an awesome faith in Jesus. The man believed Jesus could cure the incurable. He believed Jesus could give him back his life. That awesome faith brought him to Jesus—face down in the dust, to honor Jesus and to ask for his help. Second, we see the tenderness of Jesus. While the man is cured at the spoken word of Jesus (Remember one of the key themes that runs through several of the recent stories about Jesus is the power and authority of his words!), here the focus is on the touch of Jesus. This touch is not about healing; healing occurs through Jesus' spoken word, but grace comes through the touch of Jesus! Jesus touches a man who was ritually unclean and lets that man know that he is loved even in his diseased and unclean condition. The message for us is clear: we come to Jesus claiming nothing and knowing he is everything. As we offer ourselves to him, we find that he not only gives us what we want, but he also blesses us with what we most need—personal love and acceptance from our Creator and Lord!

Today's Prayer

O wonderfully gracious God Almighty, how can I fully fathom your love? You are majestic and limitless and I am finite and fallen. Thank you for reaching out to me with your hand of grace in Jesus and choosing to include me in your grace. In Jesus' name I praise you and thank you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 4:9-10
  • Romans 5:6-8
  • Colossians 1:18-22


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.