What Jesus Did! 'Two Facets of a Healing' — Luke 5:12-13

Thursday, March 9, 2023

In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. "Lord," he said, "if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean."

Jesus reached out and touched him. "I am willing," he said. "Be healed!" And instantly the leprosy disappeared.

— Luke 5:12-13 NLT

Key Thought

We see two powerful facets of this healing in a simple, yet astounding, story.
  1. 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.
  2. We see the tenderness of Jesus. While the man was cured at the spoken word of Jesus (Remember one of the key themes that run 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 occurred through Jesus' spoken word, but grace came through the touch of Jesus! Jesus touched a man who was ritually unclean [1] and let that man know that he was loved even in his diseased and unclean condition.

The message for us is clear: We come to Jesus claiming nothing for ourselves and knowing he is everything. As we offer ourselves to him, we find that he blesses us with what we most need — personal love and acceptance from our Creator and Lord!

[1] Leviticus 22:4; Luke 17:12-14. These references refer to cleansing of lepers rather than stating explicitly that lepers were unclean.

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


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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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