Do you ever wonder just exactly who is Jesus Christ?
Maybe you know Him as the Son of God…
Maybe you know Him as your Savior…
Maybe you know Him as your Teacher…
Maybe He’s your Healer…
Maybe He’s just some guy that lived a long time ago…
Whoever He is to you, your going to want to stick around and read this post! Hopefully you will have a fresh perspective and renewed revelation about exactly who Jesus Christ is. Let’s get going!
I always love reading through the book of Mark.
It’s such a fast paced book though, that sometimes I can get so caught up in the constant movement that I forget to stop and reflect on the lessons God is trying to teach me. After reflecting on this particular passage for a while, I have been truly blessed by what I’ve learned.
God has completely renewed in me a love for who Jesus is and re-ignited my faith in Him.
Today I’m going to share these 5 things that everyone should know about Jesus with all of you. I pray that you will be encouraged by it.
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Here’s the passage for today’s message:
“A man with leprosy came to Him and begged Him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning. ‘See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing as a testimony to them.’ Instead, he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.”
1. Jesus always has compassion for hurting people
“A man with leprosy came to Him and begged Him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing’ he said. ‘Be clean!’
Here is a man, most likely a social outcast because of his ailment, in desperate need of help. Jesus is so filled with compassion for him, that He immediately takes action and heals him, no questions asked.
Jesus isn’t afraid to touch this diseased and contagious man, he just reaches right out and offers his help. And then the man is instantly cured! What a great picture of Jesus’ ministry.
He never judged people’s situation, He just offered them compassion and truth, which led them to victory. [bctt tweet=”Jesus never judged people’s situation; instead, He offered them compassion and truth.”]
Over and over in the Word it says that Jesus was “moved with compassion” because of His great love for people.
If Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, then just as He was moved with compassion for this man, He is also moved with compassion for you. No matter what you have done in your past, no matter what you are burdened with, no matter how ugly you may appear to the world, He LOVES you! And the instant you come to Him, He is moved with compassion for you and acts on your behalf.
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We serve a good God!
Who else in the world can ever have that kind of love for you or for me?
No one, that’s who.
Only God can truly love us unconditionally. And the good news about unconditional love is just that… its unconditional, without conditions!
There are no limits to God’s love!
He doesn’t just love you if you are acting right, he loves you through all of the wrongs. He doesn’t just love you when you are clean and pure, he loves you in the dirtiest, messiest, mess. He doesn’t just love you when you are humble and just, he loves you when you are selfish and cruel!
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, He loves you right where you are! God doesn’t love you because of what you’ve done, He loves you because of who HE is!!! He IS love. And He is moved with compassion for you.
That’s good news!
2. Jesus is our ultimate healer
After Jesus tells the man to be clean, it says “immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”
Notice though, what it does not say. It doesn’t say that all of the symptoms left him, it also does not say that he felt any different.
I don’t know if all of the visual or physical symptoms of leprosy instantly disappeared or not. But the Scripture does say that the leprosy left him and he was cured.
I know from my own experience that healing can feel like a tricky thing. There have been so many times when I have prayed for healing, and believed in my heart that I had received it… but then I didn’t feel better.
So, I just wallowed in my sickness a little longer, speaking it over myself and accepting that I had it.
But if I accept the symptoms of sickness, then I’m not really believing in my heart that I am healed, am I?
The lesson here is that we live by faith, not by sight! [bctt tweet=”We live by faith, not by sight.”]
Jesus said the man was clean and he believed it. It doesn’t really matter if his symptoms left him in that moment or not because he was healed, regardless of what he saw or felt.
Jesus said it, he believed it, period.
It is God’s will for us to be healed. 3 John 2 says, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” The Bible tells of quite a few different ways healing comes, but the most important thing to understand is this… It is His will!
And the Word says that if we pray according to His will, we know we have the petitions that we ask for. Just like that!
I am not going to put my full faith and confidence in a doctor’s report or in the symptoms that may be displaying in my body. I am going to put my faith in God’s Word that if we (who are filled with God’s Holy Spirit) lay our hands on the sick, they shall be healed (Mark 16:18).
That’s it. Jesus said I’m healed and that’s what I believe.
Healing comes through many different avenues, but the point I’m making here is that we have to get in agreement with the Word. He says I’m healed, so I say I’m healed! AMEN!
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3. Disobedience is still disobedience, no matter what your motive is
“Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news.”
Jesus told this man not to tell anyone what had happened but instead to go show himself to the priests.
On the surface, this verse puzzles me. Why wouldn’t Jesus want the man to tell of the miraculous healing God had given him?
Well, truthfully, I have no idea! But I think that is precisely the point.
Maybe the man in this Scripture thought he was doing something good for Jesus by spreading his news?
Or maybe he just plain and simply didn’t care what God said now that he had received his healing.
Again, I really don’t know the reason.
But what I do know is this, Jesus gave him a direct command, and he disobeyed. The reason why really doesn’t matter.
The Bible clearly says there is a way that seems right to man but in the end it leads to death. DEATH!!! That’s not just talking about death in your body, which happens to every living being; it’s so much worse than that.
It is talking about spiritual death which is eternal separation from God. That’s the worst possible condition a man could suffer from.
I certainly don’t want to head down that path that seems right. Instead, I want to travel down the straight and narrow path that I know is right.
Now don’t miss what I’m saying here. I’m not talking about the mistakes we make.
We all fall short of the glory of God and that is why we need a Savior.
I’m talking about willful disobedience, knowing the right thing to do, and choosing not to do it. James 4:7 makes it plain and clear:
“Anyone who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
Craig Groeschel wrote a great book dealing with this called The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist. You should check it out!
Sometimes we are given commands in the Bible that are hard to understand and even harder to follow. It can be really easy to “rationalize” the Word with human reasoning.
Its even easier to just throw the Word right out the window in tough situations in exchange for a “feel good” alternative, courtesy of the internet.
But here’s the kicker, 1 Corinthians 3:19: “the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.” Never turn to the world for an answer God has already given you. [bctt tweet=”Never turn to the world for an answer God has already given you.”]
The Bible is like our user manual for life. Its full of wisdom from above and great promises of prosperity for our lives.
But we can’t just choose the things that make us feel good, and ignore the rest.
That’s just not the way it works with God.
With God, we choose all or nothing.
Jesus says in Revelation, “because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
Gross!!! If we only obey the Word when it suits us, or when its easy, or when it makes us feel good, then we are acting “lukewarm”.
And that makes Jesus want to vomit!
I NEVER want to act in a way so dishonoring to God that it makes Him want to vomit!!!
4. Disobedience isolates Jesus
“As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.”
As a direct result of the man’s disobedience, the Scripture says “Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.” That’s a pretty loaded verse containing a very sad, but very real result of disobedience toward the Lord.
Here’s some food for thought… as Christians, when we disobey by “loosely following God’s Word” we are actually pushing Jesus out of the places that need Him and isolating Him from communion with His people!
That’s a seriously sobering idea to me.
When I willingly choose to disobey God’s word for my own selfish fulfillment, I am pushing Him away from communing with me, and quite possibly pushing Him away from someone around me that desperately needs an encounter with Him.
God’s ways are mysterious and there is so much about His plan that our finite human minds just cannot comprehend.
I wonder how many times I have hindered myself because I isolated Jesus?
I wonder how many times I have stopped someone else from finding Jesus because I didn’t obey something that I knew I should have?
I wonder how many times I have directly stood in God’s way and have allowed myself to become a stumbling block to someone else?
Paul teaches that we should not cause someone who is weak to stumble because of our choices. (1 Corinthians 8:9).
And again, in Romans 14:13, he says, “make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”
As Christians, we are called to a higher standard of living. People around us are always watching us to see what we do.
Is that fair?
Not really, but that’s the way it is.
If others are constantly watching us, then we should live our lives in such a way that it makes them doubt their unbelief.
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5. God’s plan will always make a way
Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.”
Willful disobedience is wrong.
It hurts us…
It isolates us from fellowship with Jesus…
It turns others who are lost and in need of an experience with their Savior away from Him.
We can really mess things up by willfully disobeying the Word of God.
Thankfully, He is never surprised by our willful disobedience.
Hebrews 4:13 says, “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
God has given us a wonderful (although, sometimes it doesn’t feel that way) gift called free will.
God will not control us. He has given us His Word, our rule book for life, and now its our choice whether we learn it and obey it, or not.
So what is the good news of this lesson?
If my willful disobedience has pushed someone away from God, can they ever find their way back?
YES they can!! The good news is that God always has a plan!
In the Scripture in Mark, the man willfully disobeyed Jesus, causing Jesus to be isolated, yet people still came out of the woodwork to find Him!
God is always drawing us to Him in one way or another.
John 6:44 says “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him,” and 2 Peter 3:9 says, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
He seeks all people out, He speaks to every one of us as that still small voice inside, then He waits so patiently for us to listen and respond to Him.
God reveals himself to the world through creation and He calls out to us constantly.
Even when we push him away, run from Him, deny Him, persecute Him… He still pursues us!!
He knows we are going to mess up and yet He still calls us to Him!
He knows we can never live up to His glory, but instead of just wiping us off the planet, He gave us a Savior.
He knew we would never “get it” on our own, so He authored the greatest book ever written and freely gave it to us to navigate through this life!
God is GOOD!!!
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8
Blessings and love,
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