Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Miracles for the Outcast

Our Lord and Savior is no respecter of persons. His saving, miracle-working power is for all who come to Him. This fact was clearly evident throughout Jesus' life on earth. Consider the following two miracles recorded in Matthew 8.

"And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean.

And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them"

verses 2-4.

To be a leper was to be shunned by society as a sinner deserving of the dread disease that made you an untouchable. Few ever re-entered normal family life. We do not know how long this leper had been deprived of the loving touch of others. What we do know is that what this leper had heard about Christ had inspired in him a faith that would not let go of hope. He spoke with the conviction of one who knows no doubt, and he was not disappointed. Jesus, One who could never be contaminated by disease, was more than happy to heal this man and to do so through touch. He instructed the man to immediately present himself to the priest with the appropriate gift (sacrifice) as delineated in the Law of Moses because He wanted this X-leper to be fully restored to Israelite society.

The Jewish leadership thought that the kingdom of God was for them only – forget the Gentiles. Jesus came to change that view. A Gentile centurion came to Him, "Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. . . When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. . . And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour" verses 6-8, 10, 11, 13.

In this case, Jesus didn't even see the one He was healing. In faith the outcast centurion asked only the word spoken. It was -- and the servant was healed. Praise the Lord that none are beyond the notice of our Savior!

Kathryn Irizarry is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.






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