Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you had never come to know Jesus? Just look at a blind man whose world is pitch dark! Without Jesus we would not know the truth, and the simple answer to life’s most fundamental questions would be a teasing enigma. Without Jesus we would have no assurance of a rewarding and meaningful life traversing eternity. Without Him we would not even know how to love, or how to live in peace with each other. We would have no one to rely on, and no one before whom we could pour out our hearts in distress and sorrow. So how can anyone who does not have Jesus in his or her life be truly happy and satisfied?Continue reading
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Lord, If You Are Willing
And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3)
During Biblical times, leprosy was a very fearful thing. Anyone suspected of contracting leprosy would first have to go to the priest for an examination. If leprosy was confirmed, that person was then required to leave his family and community. Ostracized from society, the leper would have to suffer further indignity of showing people he had the disease by wearing torn clothes, keeping his hair unkempt, covering the lower part of his face and crying out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as he had the disease, he remained unclean and had to live alone, away from others. (Lev 13:45-46).