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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