Bible Study Lesson --
passages in Matthew
tie in the miracle of healing leprosy to
Jesus' ability to forgive sins.
Both are diseases and,
through Jesus Christ, both can be
and Healing Power of Christ
When Jesus came down
from the mountain, large crowds followed
And a leper came to Him
and bowed down before Him, and said, Lord,
if You are willing, You can make me
Jesus stretched out His
hand and touched him, saying, I am
willing; be cleansed. And immediately his
leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus *said to him,
See that you tell no one; but go, show
yourself to the priest and present the offering
that Moses commanded, as a testimony to
them. - Matthew
Jesus and the
Throughout history we have
had our share of diseases. In medieval times there
was the plague known as the black death. It was an
horrendous illness and killed off about a third of
the European population.
Today, we are still plagued
by disease, some of which we still have no cure.
There are many types of
cancer, the flu - and we now have AIDS to terrify
the people of the 21st century.
During the time of Jesus'
ministry, leprosy was the incurable disease of the
day and those suffering from it were outcasts in
What is Leprosy?
leprosy is ..
"a chronic, mildly
infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium
leprae, affecting the peripheral nervous system,
skin, and nasal mucosa and variously
characterized by ulcerations, tubercular
nodules, and loss of sensation that sometimes
leads to traumatic amputation of the
Today, medical science would
be doing experiments and separating causes to find
a cure. But, in Bible times the disease was
terrifying. In fact, a person who had the disease
had to yell out to passing strangers; "Unclean"
making them outcasts - alone with no
People normally would not
come anywhere near a leper for fear of catching the
Did Jesus Run
No! In spite of the leper
being deemed "unclean", Jesus did not hesitate to
reach out, touch him, and heal him.
This event shows the
kindness, willingness and the power of Christ.
He risked his life so that
this man could live just as Jesus would do later
with His sacrifice for us on the cross.
What Disease Do We
Have you ever thought of sin
as an illness?
Well, in a sense, it's the
same as those incurable sicknesses of those days
and the days of the 21st century.
The difference between sin
and a physical disease such as leprosy is that we
all have sin. It's inevitable. As long as we have
thoughts we can not avoid it.
And, as is the case with AIDS
or leprosy, we cannot cure ourselves. We need a
God is the physician who can
take away all our sins, "forget them", and give us
everlasting life beyond this one.
There is Only One
We have to act first.
The leper bowed down and
asked the Lord to make him clean. Then Jesus healed
If we believe, bow down to
Christ and ask
him to be our Lord and
Savior, he will "heal
us" by forgiving us of our sins.
The things we've done in the
past will be forgotten and we can get a new lease
on life by receiving the spiritual blessing God has
set aside for us.
If there is sin in your life
(remember, we all have it) or, if you have never
accepted Christ, take a moment right now and pray
for God to forgive your sin through Jesus Christ.
God is waiting to forgive you.
Why spend another day away
Love in Christ
If you would like information
about how to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to
here and learn
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