A Heart of Compassion

Mark 1:40-41
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.  And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.

Jesus is approachable.  Whatever it is about us that might separate us from others doesn’t hold us back from going to Jesus.  He invites us to come as we are.  And sometimes what we are is broken, sick, hurting, rejected, or lost.  Sometimes what we are makes us untouchable as we are full of sin and darkness.  But we can come into His presence, and He will touch us and make us whole.

Jesus has the kind of compassion that transcends everything.  Here was a leper, a man who would have had to stay away from others and cry out “unclean.”  Here was a man who had no hope of a cure but only a painful death to look forward to.  But those things didn’t stop Jesus from intervening in his situation.  Instead He reached out to Him with the kind of grace and mercy this man needed more than anything else.

Jesus touches the untouchable.  He draws near to the cast-offs.  He offers hope to the hopeless.  He does the most impossible things in the gentlest, most loving way.  He truly cares.  And with His touch upon our lives, He can make us better than we are right now.  He can fix our brokenness.  He can soothe the ache in our heart.  He can mend our wounds and heal our hurts.

So what is our approach to Jesus?  Will we come before Him with our own plea?  Can we not come as we are, in whatever needy state we find ourselves, with whatever we have weighing so heavily upon us, and simply ask for some relief from that burden?  Can’t we make a simple request with humble faith in the one we seek, asking Him to make a difference in our lives?  He has the power and the ability to intervene in our lives, too, so may we bow before Him and seek His will for those struggles we bring to Him.

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