In Mark 1:40 we find a man with leprosy approaching Jesus. Now according to the Law, this man should have stayed far back from Jesus yelling, “Unclean! Unclean!” and letting Him know that someone ceremonially unclean was in the vicinity. This man…outcast both socially and spiritually, was forced to live outside the city alone with no physical contact with his family, so it was by sheer desperation and hopelessness he boldly came to Jesus asking to be healed. For what did he have to lose? Despair had driven him to the only hope he had…to be healed and then be able to return back to his loved ones. It tells us that Jesus was filled with compassion for the man and reached out and touched him…and he was healed. Have you ever felt like a social and spiritual outcast…alone and lonely? Jesus is there waiting to touch you today.
This all started when the Pharisees saw the Disciples eating food with unwashed hands and were offended. Jesus gave the crowd a quick Anatomy/Physiology lesson when He concluded that all food (whether clean or unclean) goes into a man’s stomach, not his heart. He then instructed the crowd by saying, “Nothing outside a man can make him unclean by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean.” (Mark 7:15) I’ve heard it said, if you shake a man, you’ll see what’s in his heart. For it’s deep within our heart that all wickedness abides.