Occasionally I like to look at the varied accounts of the same story from the diverse perspectives of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and sometimes John. I find when I read the description of an event in Jesus’ life from these three or four angles, I get a richer, fuller, feel for the day at hand.
I have taken this approach with our first encounter after the Sermon on the Mount. It can get a little choppy when I do this, because I try not to change the phrasing to stay as close to the original as possible, but it is still readable. Here is what they saw.
And when He had come down from the mountain, while He was in one of the cities great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper, a man full of leprosy;and when he saw Jesus, came to Him, beseeching Him, implored Him,and bowed down to Him, falling on his knees, his face, before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
And moved with compassion, He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him, his leprosy was cleansed.
And Jesus ordered him to tell no one, said to him, “See that you tell no one, say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, make an offering for your cleansing, and present the offering that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.”
But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the news about, the news about Him was spreading even farther, and great multitudes were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses, to such an extent that Jesus could no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopulated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere. ~ Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-15
I intend to putter around with this story for a couple days, and talk about a few different aspects of it, but today let’s look at this leper’s approach to Jesus.
And behold, a leper, a man full of leprosy;and when he saw Jesus, came to Him, beseeching Him, implored Him,and bowed down to Him, falling on his knees, his face, before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
Can’t you just feel his desperation?
Apart from Jesus he had no hope.
Doesn’t he seem a little shameless?
Hasn’t he gone over the top, throwing himself at Jesus?
But of course he has nothing to lose.
He has come to the point where it really does not matter to him what other people think.
I love all these snippets of description. Lets break it down:
- He saw Jesus
- He came to Jesus
- Beseeching Him
- Imploring Him
- Bowing before Him
- Falling to his knees
- Face to the ground
We are going to see a lot of people approaching Jesus. I don’t want you to think that the only way to get Jesus’ attention is to take a certain posture. Is there a right or wrong way to come to Jesus?
I can tell you this – Jesus said:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3
That is what I see in this man’s desperation – a poor spirit. He knows that there is nothing he brings to the table that can solve his life situation.
Are you running things on your own? I know, you probably don’t have leprosy right, but you are in fact terminal. There is a day coming when every knee will bow before Jesus. You can “bow down, fall on your knees, your face” before Him today.
I promise this. When you get up, you will be clean!
Thanks for stopping in today.
Until then, Live for Jesus!
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