I preached today on Jesus’ miracle of healing the leper who approached him. Matthew tells the story in Matthew 8:1-4. The leper confidently approaches Jesus and humbly says, “If you will, you can heal me.” The man expresses faith in the Savior. Here we see two characteristics of Jesus. He is powerful and He is compassionate. He was willing to minister to a man who was marginalized in his society. That’s compassion! And He cured this man of a condition for which there was no known cure.
J. C. Ryle expounds on these two characteristics of our precious Savior and applies this story to our lives skillfully:
Behold here a broad foundation for the faith of a Christian! We are told in the Gospel to come to Jesus, to believe on Jesus, to live the life of faith in Jesus. We are encouraged to lean on Him, to cast all our care on Him, to repose all the weight of our souls on Him. We may do so without fear. He can bear all. He is a strong rock. He is Almighty. It was a fine saying of an old saint, “my faith can sleep sound on no other pillow than Christ’s omnipotence.” He can give life to the dead. He can give power to the weak. He can “increase strength to them that have no might.” Let us trust him, and not be afraid. The world is full of snares. Our hearts are weak. But with Jesus nothing is impossible. . . .
Behold here another strong foundation for our faith! Our great High Priest is very gracious. He can be “touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” He is never tired of doing us good. He knows that we are a weak and feeble people, in the midst of a weary and troublous world. He is as ready to bear with us, and help us, as He was 1800 years ago. It is as true of Him now as it was then, “He despiseth not any.” (Job 36:5.) No heart can feel for us so much as the heart of Christ. (Expository Thoughts on Matthew, p. 74-75.)
Are you resting in Christ’s power today or are you fearful? Have you forgotten that Jesus Christ never tires of doing you good?