By Mark Ellis
Senior Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
CAPISTRANO BEACH, CALIFORNIA (ANS) -- After Jesus preached the greatest sermon of the last 2,000 years, he came down the mountain followed by huge crowds. He spent the rest of the day in active ministry, healing the sick and driving out demons.
His interactions that memorable day provide important answers to some vexing questions: Does Jesus always heal? In addition, why does he heal some and not others?
In Matthew 8:2, it says, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’”
First, it’s important to recognize the man came before Jesus with humility. He knelt before him and called him Lord. The word for “knelt” there is a Greek word that literally means he worshipped Jesus.
Notice he said, “Lord, if you will.” If it’s your will, Jesus, you can make me clean. I have often been in prayer groups praying for someone with a serious illness, and I felt guilty to pray, “If it be your will, God, heal my friend.” There were times when I even looked down on others who prayed that way.
But this leper asks for God’s will to be done. Frankly, we shouldn’t be afraid of God’s will in any situation. I really don’t want to step outside of the will of God.
The leper also came with faith.