Cross the Bridge - March 8, 2016

A leper no more - Tuesday, March 8th 2016

Mark 1:40-44

"Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, 'If You are willing, You can make me clean.' Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, 'I am willing; be cleansed.' As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, 'See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.'"

We see in the Hebrew Scriptures that people with leprosy had to dwell alone. That person couldn't be around others.

Leviticus 13:46
"He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp."

Once someone showed themselves to the priests and the priests declared that person leprous they had to leave the camp. They couldn't hug their family bye, they couldn't touch anyone. No one touched them. This leper comes to Jesus and what does Jesus do? Jesus could heal with just words, but not this time. I wonder how long it had been since someone had touched this guy? Remember, you didn't touch anyone with leprosy. And let's talk about why Jesus actually touched him. When Jesus touched him it was Jesus taking the leprosy from him. Leprosy was a picture of sin, and when you had it you had to leave the camp.

Just as Jesus took the leprosy, Jesus can take our sin. Sin makes you feel alone. When you mess up during the week, you don't feel like going to church, do you? You don't feel like hanging out with those that could possibly encourage you. But as you mature in Christ you start to realize that is when you need fellowship the most. Do not, do not ... turn away from those who could encourage you. When you feel like staying away, don't follow your feelings, be lead by your faith. Fellowship, serve, give... go against your feelings.

Life Lesson: Fellowship will drive you away from sin or sin will drive you away from fellowship.

Dear God,
Don't allow me to pull away from fellowship with other believers. Thank you for giving us the body of Christ. Thank you for sacrificing your son for our sins. Help me to serve, to fellowship and to give to increase your kingdom. Continue to make the desires of my heart things that please you. Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge

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