Healing a Leper – Miracle of Jesus
Free online resources based on Jesus healing a leper. This story can be found in Matthew, Mark and Luke in the Bible. See below for links to sermons, stories and entertaining sites for this miracle.
One day in one of the villages there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus he fell down before him in prayer and said, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” — Luke 5:12-24 THE MESSAGE
Healing the Leper – Summary
Early in his ministry, Jesus was approached by a man suffering with leprosy. The man knelt before Jesus and said,
“If You are willing, you can make me clean.”
“I am willing.”
That answer should settle any doubt in your mind on the issue of God’s will with regard to healing. And to amplify the point, Jesus touched the man and said,
“Be made clean.”
The leper knew that Jesus was able to heal him. But he was unsure if he was willing. It was impossible for the leper to have faith in Jesus without knowing His will. Once that question was answered, there was no hindrance to the man’s faith.
For many years, leprosy was a living death. Lepers were considered unclean and cut off from society. But that was meaningless to Jesus. He had no fear of leprosy and confidently commanded it to leave the man’s body. While many people saw this man as a leper and an outcast, Jesus saw a man that needed healing. He saw the real person inside, healed, made whole and serving God. And most importantly, he loved him.
Jesus instructed the man not to share his story, but to go see the priest and present an offering of praise to God. The priest, according to the Law, would declare the man clean. This would be sufficient testimony of the miracle. Instead, the man shared his story with many people. At this time, Jesus wanted people to focus on him and his message, not the miracles. The supernatural attracts the curious, but its the Word (Jesus) that changes hearts.
When you experience the miraculous, its hard not to share your experience and glorify God. Unlike the leper in Jesus’ day, now that you are under the New Covenant, you are encouraged to share your story and publicly praise God for His Blessing, Salvation, and any miracles you experience as a child of God. This brings joy to God, builds your faith, and attracts people to God.
You may believe that God has the ability to heal you, but that is not enough. You must know that He is willing to heal you. This miracle should settle that question permanently in your heart. Throughout his ministry, Jesus healed everyone that came to him. And we are told often that he was always doing God’s will. (Matthew 4:23, 9:35, Luke 4:40, John 4:34, 5:17-19, 6:38, John 9:3-4, Acts 10:38) There should be no doubt that God’s will is that you are healthy, so you will glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8)
Never forget: IT IS GOD’S WILL THAT YOU ARE HEALED AND MADE WHOLE!
And He reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed by being cured. And instantly his leprosy was cured and cleansed. — Matthew 8:3 AMP
Read the healing the leper story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
Additional Healing the Leper Resources
Jesus Heals the Man With Leprosy – Children’s version, coloring and activity pages
Jesus Heals a Leper – Brief children’s sermon with activity pages from Mark
He Touched Me - Children’s sermon based on Mark 1
Hope For the Hopeless – Another brief children’s sermon with links to activity pages based on Mark’s Gospel
Jesus Heals a Leper and Creates Much Excitement – A blog study based on this miracle
Jesus Heals a Leper – A sermon on the miracle based on Mark’s Gospel
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