Morning, September 4, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“I am willing; be cleansed.” — Mark 1:41

Primeval darkness heard the Almighty command, “light be,” and immediately light was; the word of the Lord Jesus is equal in majesty to that ancient word of power. Redemption, like Creation, has its word of might.

Jesus speaks and it is done. Leprosy yielded to no human cures, but it fled at once at the Lord’s “I will.” The disease exhibited no hopeful signs or indications of recovery, nature contributed nothing to its own healing, but the unaided word achieved the entire work on the spot and forever. The sinner is in a plight more miserable than the leper; let him imitate his example and go to Jesus, “beseeching him and kneeling down to him.” Let him exercise what little faith he has, even though it may go no further than “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean,” and there need be no doubt as to the result of the request. Jesus heals all who come, and casts out none. In reading the narrative in which our morning’s text occurs, it is worthy of spiritual notice that Jesus touched the leper. This unclean person had broken through the regulations of the ceremonial law and pressed into the house, but Jesus — rather than chiding him — broke through the law himself in order to meet him. He made an exchange with the leper, for while he cleansed him, he contracted by that touch a Levitical defilement. Even so Jesus Christ was made sin for us, although in himself he knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Oh, that poor sinners would go to Jesus, believing in the power of his blessed work of substituting himself — taking their place– and they would soon learn the power of his gracious touch. That hand which multiplied the loaves, which saved Peter from sinking, which upholds afflicted saints, which crowns believers, that same hand will touch every seeking sinner, and in a instant make him clean. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, he looks, he touches us, we live.