Continuing reflections on Luke 5:
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
The leper asks, “IF YOU ARE WILLING…”
He doesn’t question Jesus’ power or ability. He questions his heart, his character, his compassion.
I think most of us who believe in God are in the same boat. We know HE CAN, we are just sure HE CARES. Or cares enough…
But Jesus whispers in our ears if we are willing to listen:
Not only can I, but I want to more than you know… I love you more than you know… I care more than you know. My heart weeps with you. My body breaks for you. My life is given for you.
Sometimes it is hard to hear the whispers over the shouts:
He doesn’t care about people like you. It is too late for you. You’ve broken the rules. You are out. You are done. Get out of here leper and stop bothering us and stop bothering Jesus. We’re done with you… and He is done with you.
But I need to listen to those whispers more often… listen for the whispers through the shouts. Because truth most often can be heard in the whispers, not the shouts.
Whisper Lord, your child is listening…