Jesus Cleanses a Leper; The Centurion’s Faith

When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Matthew 8: 1-4

Introduction

In this series we’ve examined the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and now we’re examining the teachings of Jesus throughout the New Testament of the Holy Bible. In the last article in this series we examined the last section of Matthew 4.

Since we examined the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 at the beginning of this series, today we’re moving on to Matthew 8.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper; The Centurion’s Faith

When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the [d]offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Matthew 8:1-4

When I was a child in Presbyterian Sunday Schools, these types of accounts from Jesus ministry on earth were bread and butter teachings.

In many ways, the old-school conservative evangelical Presbyterians were ahead and far stronger spiritually than the Pentecostals of that era, who tend to be light-weight in the Word- The Holy Bible.

My father, a Presbyterian clergy, could tell you the book in the Bible of any scripture you quoted. I lack my father’s photographic memory but I could probably located the approximate whereabouts of most scriptures someone quoted. I’ve read the Bible through from cover to cover a few times- a helpful exercise but some folks give up in Leviticus.

Dad. Old school Presbyterian clergy. He gave up the “dog collar”, as he used to jokingly call the Presbyterian and other clergy’s white holy band around their neck, in the 1970s.

My father and his associates believed in Divine healing and this was practiced, normally by the elders, who are the spiritual leaders in the Presbyterian set-up.

It’s not a bad idea to only have certain appointed leaders laying hands on others in the congregation. Everything should be done in order. Do we want to have other people’s demons transferred us?

I’m not saying that only elders should lay hands on people and pray for deliverance and healing. Any Christian can be equipped to do this, but make sure you’re spiritually and morally clean first.

There are some people who shouldn’t be going around laying hands on people.

So the leper came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean”.

In context:

“And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean”.

The leper had perhaps seen Jesus heal his friends from leprosy or heal others. Or perhaps he had a spiritual encounter with Christ, the Son of God, when he came into his company.

Whatever the reason, the leper had the right attitude- faith and humility.

This is the right attitude in which to approach Almighty God for a healing, or for anything else. Faith, humility and pure motives and a pure heart.