The Big Reveal | Part 4: The Touch of the Master’s Hand
June 23, 2020
June 23, 2020
We’re in a series talking about the “Big Reveal” of Jesus in Scripture. The Gospel of Mark tells of the time when Jesus reveals who He really is to a leper in need of cleansing.
He went into all of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. Then a man with leprosy came to him and, on his knees, begged him, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched him. “I am willing,” he told him. “Be made clean.” Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. (Mark 1:39-44)
The big reveal is beginning. A leper, desperate in his disease, falls to his knees at the feet of Jesus and begs Him not for money, not for compassion, but for healing.
You must realize the high drama of this situation. Here is a man with the dreaded disease of leprosy. A man who could not live with his family or anybody else other than another leper. A man who could not attend the synagogue. A man who could not worship in the Temple. A man who had to shout the words “Unclean! Unclean!” whenever he saw anyone too close to him so they would be warned of his condition, that he was dangerous to them. A leper was not to be touched, and he was to touch no one.
This time of COVID-19 quarantine has taught us just how much we need hugs and affection, or at the very least (I’m talking to you, introverts and germaphobes) a good handshake!
A man with leprosy falls at the feet of Jesus and begs Him for healing. And what does Jesus do? He reveals, once again Who He is and what He can do. He does what no one else is willing to do. He reaches out and touches the leper.
The leper felt His touch. He had not felt anyone touch him in many years. The leper felt the healing surge of Jesus through his body, and he was amazed. It had been revealed to him, in a very big way, that Jesus, this former carpenter, who became a rabbi, who became an expert fisherman, who became a demon rebuker, was also the Great Physician.
Life sure is different when you feel the touch of the Master’s hand.
If you have never felt the touch of the Master’s Hand the way the Leper did, know this – Jesus is Healer! He is a Healer of far more than your physical ailments. He is a Healer of your soul. Throw yourself at the feet of Jesus, today.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.