Matthew 8:1-3 ” When He came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed Him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said, ‘ Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man, ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”

“If You are willing.”  The man had been watching Jesus heal others.  His faith in the Messiah had grown with each person  he saw walk away cured and whole.  He had faith, but would Jesus be ready and able to heal him?  Jesus went beyond what He had to do to heal this man…He could of just spoken the word and he’d been healed.  But instead, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched the unclean man, and in doing so showed that he was a valued and loved human being.

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