Jesus' touching of the leper is significant. Because leprosy was considered an unclean affliction, Jesus was not permitted to approach, much alone touch, this man. Neither Moses (Nm 12:9-15) nor Elisha (2 Ki 5:1-14) ever touched the cured leper. But Jesus did not need to touch him; the mere presence of His body healed him.
Jesus turned His back on this sinful and diseased world and went away from it. He refused to associate with sinful men or eat with them. In order for Him to save people from their sins, they must will it by believing in Him as their Savior and Lord.
He who saves his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for me and for the gospel will find it.
Peter's denial of Jesus cost him his life, but it also saved others who were following Jesus. If Peter had believed in Jesus, he would have still been alive today. On the other hand, if Peter had confessed Jesus as the Christ, he would have been executed with him.
So we can see that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, not through any kind of work done by humans. We cannot earn our way into heaven by our good deeds; instead, we enter heaven because of Jesus' death on the cross for our sins. Amen!
To begin with, as far as is known, no one has ever been healed of leprosy since Naaman's time, 800 years ago. So, why would Jesus touch a leper, who is deemed filthy, like him? Second, because the Jews saw leprosy as a punishment for sin, it was dubbed "the strike" and "God's finger." As Jesus said himself, "I am the cure to the disease called leprosy."
Leprosy was a terrible disease that caused the body's skin to fall off, including the face. It was commonly believed that those who are infected with leprosy are evil spirits trapped in a human body. Since they are considered dirty by society, they are excluded from social interaction with other people.
The Bible says that Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. Then he said to him, "I am willing to be judged by you according to my good and bad deeds." Immediately the leper felt better and had hope again. Although Jesus could have easily ignored him or told him to go away, he chose instead to heal him.
We should always reach out to others because God loves them very much. Also, since leprosy was so rare, there must have been something special about this man. Maybe he was a king who had been cursed by another king, or a political prisoner who was given a second chance at life.
To dispel this myth, Jesus touched the guy while curing him. This is the sole instance in Matthew's Gospel that Jesus cures out of compassion, touching the leper. The leper placed his trust in Jesus' capacity to heal him. In return, Jesus healed him.
This story has been used by many artists over the years. Here are just a few of them:
Andy Warhol - Leper (1975)
Leprosy was a common disease in those days. It was believed that someone who was leprous could be cured if they were touched by a member of the clergy or by someone who had been baptized into the Christian religion.
Since Jesus was a rabbi, it is not surprising that he would have had knowledge about diseases like leprosy and how to cure them. He probably learned about lepers being banished from society and living in isolation on an abandoned island, so he went to see what kind of condition they were in. Perhaps they were crying out for help, so Jesus reached out His hand to heal them.
These words may have come from the Bible, where Jesus says similar things to people when He heals them. Or perhaps Jesus realized what was wrong with the man and told him so before reaching out to him.
"Sir, if you wish, you may make me clean," he said. This shows that even though he was a sinful man, leprosy was considered a disease with which God could deal only through prayer for the sick person. Jesus had power over life and death, so He could have made the leper indestructible or healed him forever, but instead He chose to restore him to health so he could return to his community.
The Bible does not say why leprosy was chosen to show Jesus's power over sin and disease, but we can assume that it was done deliberately by God. Jesus displayed His authority by curing leprosy, since it was beyond any human capability to do so. The fact that Jesus did not burn up the leper but restored him to health shows that He has authority over all diseases.
Leprosy was a terrible disease because there was no cure for it at the time. It caused the skin to fall off the body, leading to deformities. People with leprosy were excluded from society because they were seen as evil; nobody wanted to touch them. However, Jesus showed that even though people are sinners, they can be saved through faith in Him.