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The Good Seed - Tuesday, May 16, 2017
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

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. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Mark 1:40-42

If you are willing, you can make me clean (2)
Does anything strike us here? This leper made no excuses, nor did he accuse others of infecting him. He knew: if anyone can help me, then it is Jesus and no one else! And such trust the Lord Jesus expects of us, too.
Just the Son of God did not disappoint that man, nor will He disappoint anyone who comes to Him with his burdened conscience and guilt of sin. “Moved with compassion, He stretched out his hand.” How clearly that shows the Saviour’s great love!
We can well imagine that the disciples kept well away from the leper. But there was One who did not withdraw, but went up to him. For Him, no form of leprosy, no sin was too great. His love is incomparable. He touched the man, and when His hand was laid on that person who was covered with the disease, He simply said, “I am willing, be cleansed!” Immediately, the leprosy had to vanish. What a moving incident!
Whoever comes to Jesus like that leper can hear the self-same words from the Lord, “I am willing, be cleansed!” Whoever confesses his burden of sin sincerely, will immediately sense that He forgives sins and cleanses us. Christ Himself has promised: “The one who comes to me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).
Today’s reading: 2 Samuel 14:25-15:18


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