Matthew 8:1-2: “When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
From the Enduring Word commentary: In Jesus’ time, rabbis sometimes boasted about how badly they treated lepers. One bragged that he refused to buy even an egg on a street where he saw a leper; another boasted that he threw rocks at lepers upon seeing them.
After reading this commentary, all the more the adoration for my Savior filled my heart. This leper knew to whom he should go—he somehow knew he would not be rejected by him–nor throw a rock at him! Can you imagine? In a crowd, so much the outsider—and yet here comes the Lover of your soul. For me, in desperation, I called out His Name– the lyrics from Phil Wickham’s “Living Hope” could well be my own words:
How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation, I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night
Then through the darkness, Your lovingkindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished, the end is written
Jesus Christ, my living hope.
Who could imagine so great a mercy?
What heart could fathom such boundless grace?
The God of ages stepped down from glory
To wear my sin and bear my shame
The cross has spoken, I am forgiven
The King of kings calls me His own
Beautiful Savior, I’m Yours forever