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Matney Woodard

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I Am Willing

Posted by Harrison on June 27, 2013
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Three of the Gospels (Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, and Luke 5:12-14) record an exchange between Jesus and a leper. Leprosy was a terrible disease that would attack the body leading to visible lesions on the skin of its victims. Anyone pronounced a leper would be removed from society and forced to live as an outcast. Left untreated, leprosy could deform the body as its natural defenses attempted to fight the disease.

Like anyone suffering under demonic oppression, this leper wanted to be healed, or made clean. Religious tradition had made him unsure as to exactly what God’s will was concerning healing. He knew God could heal. What he did not know was if that was His will. The leper addressed Jesus as Lord, and said, “If you will, you can make me clean.”

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In John 5, Jesus meets a man at the Pool of Bethesda that had been crippled almost four decades. He asks the man a seemingly odd question.

Wilt thou be made whole? John 5:6 <KJV>

Today, Jesus might say, “Do you want to be healed?”

I can’t imagine anyone saying no to being healthy and free from any plague, disability, or physical impairment. But in a way, that is exactly what this man did. He started complaining about his limitations, and the lack of help when it was time to get in the water. All his hope was resting on a legend that the first person in the water when it was disturbed would be made whole. Instead of turning to God, he had turned to the mystical.

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