Matthew 8:2 "And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
What is leprosy? Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy is infectious and can affect the nerves, skin, eyes and the lining of the nose. Leprosy is a debilitating disease. In biblical times, the lepers were socially isolated from everyone, including their own families. They lived alone because they were unclean.
On one of the occasions, while Jesus was ministering to the multitude, a leper approached Him. Undoubtedly, the leper had suffered much as a result of his disease, yet he sought to worship Jesus. In our verse of focus, the leper said, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." The leper, conscious of his condition and realizing that he was in the presence of Jesus, the Life-giver and the Great Physician, asked for help. The leper's words, "Lord, if you are willing, You are able to make me clean (well)",
are indicative of the fact that he possessed tremendous faith that Jesus could heal him.
Not only did the leper possess such faith, but he exercised his faith.
Today, Jesus the Life-giver, the Great Physician is still available to us. He still heals; and He still restores. We are not plagued by leprosy; but
there are distressing
situations that greatly affect us. Faith plays an important role in our life experiences. Faith wards off depression; discouragement and despondency. Faith buoys our hope; our expectations and our desires. Due to our impacting circumstances, we do not have to isolate ourselves, we can, like the leper, by faith, reach out to Jesus,
who will give the needed solution.