Today, I want to to share with you a short story in the bible that brings out God’s heart for you. Now, I’d like to start with this verse.
John 14:9 (New King James Version)
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Jesus says here that all who see Him has seen the Father. So it is our vested interest to study His miracles and His heart in the gospels. Jesus acts are always acts of grace. The bible says that He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Matthew 8:1-3 (New King James Version)
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
1 When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
This might be a short story but we can dig out a whole chunk of nuggets concerning God’s heart. Now this was after the sermon on the Mount and this miracle took place after Jesus had finished teaching. This leper came and He knew Jesus had the power to make him clean but He wasnt sure whether Jesus was willing. Many of us, we know God has the power to heal, supply and restore but we wonder whether He is willing. The leper did not doubt Jesus power but He was not sure whether Jesus could cleanse Him. Now, what is Jesus response? The bible says that Jesus touched the leper. In those times, leprosy was so contagious that you cannot go near a leper. Imagine a child sees his father and runs to hug his father but his mom grabs him with tears in her eyes. This leper might not have been touched for decades. It is proven that babies die whenever they dont get touched. The way Jesus responded was to touch the leper. Then He said,” I am willing, be thou cleansed.” This is the heart of God! Jesus says that He is willing to cleanse us! You know what? The leprosy left immediately.
Sometimes you might be sick, depressed, oppressed, pressed with pressure, and you wonder whether Jesus is willing to cleansed you or heal you. Listen my friend, doubt no more! He is more than willing! All the leper wanted was healing but Jesus gave him more. Jesus touched him, Jesus restored back to him the sense of touch.
That leper can also be a picture of a sinner. Often, we want to be free from sin and we want God to heal us but we are not sure whether He is willing. Like I said earlier, He is willing! He will restore back to you more than you ask for.
Zechariah 9:12 (New International Version)
even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.
Are you sick? God says that He will restore you with robust robust health. Are you lacking? God says He will supply supply you. You lacking in wisdom? God says He will make you wise wise. He will restore double! He is willing my friend, willing!
I want to show you a contrast here. Under law, whenever a leper touches someone clean, the clean becomes unclean. Under grace, when the clean, Jesus, touch the unclean, the unclean became clean. You disease under grace is not contagious. God’s healing and prosperity is more contagious than your sickness, disease or sin. If you are sick, the healing of God is more contagious. Hallelujah!
Romans 5:20 (King James Version)
20Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Grace is greater than your sin. The word abound in the greek is hooperperisneuou which means that grace will superabound! Your sin can abound but grace will superabound. There is hope for the hopeless. Your sin can look big but grace will swallow it up! Are you sick? Let healing superabound! Are you lacking? Let prosperity superabound! Are you lacking in wisdom? Let wisdom superabound! Hallelujah!
Now, have you seen Jesus? Have you seen His acts of grace? This is God’s heart! You see Him, you see the Father! Praise Jesus! God is willing my friend, so willing!
©Nicholas Tan Ministries 2011