Be thou cleansed

This shall be the law of the leper for the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest.

Leviticus 14:2

Behold the leper!

Blistered, popcorn-skin covers his body as putrid stench radiates through the air. The shame of his face darkens at the knowledge of someone merely looking his way. His bones are rotting and he’s losing fingers on a regular basis. What a ghastly sight to behold.

Leprosy, in Bible times, was a prevalent malady.

I sure wouldn’t like to be the priest in these days. The risk would be too great; the experience would be too sad. The squeamish would simply not last.

And yet Jesus didn’t even flinch or shrink back when the leper was brought His way. “He put out His hand and touched him, saying… ‘be thou cleansed.’” (Luke 5:13)

jesus leprosy

Leprosy is the perfect analogy of how ugly and destructive sin is. And just as the leper was brought to the priest to be diagnosed in Leviticus, we are brought to Jesus today, for He is our High Priest! Yes, He’ll diagnose the issue, but… He won’t stop there. He’ll lay his hand on the destructive effects of sin, and say, “Be thou cleansed.”

Feel the virtue of His forgiveness shoot through your being as your shame is rooted away. You were once cast off and shut out… but now you are accepted into the commonwealth of Israel.

Take a moment to listen to the voice of the great High Priest speak to you now… Be Thou Cleansed. The shame has been removed and you are clean!


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