Our Compassionate Savior

Jesus is willing to make us clean; He is willing to cleanse us and save us from our sins. For this very purpose, Jesus was born: to “save His people from their sins” and “this is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” [1 Tim 1:15] And wonderfully, Jesus does not take upon Himself this responsibility, this goal, with irritation or bitterness, nor with frustration or boredom. Jesus is willing to do this; in fact, He shows compassion toward us, which is quite opposite of what we often experience from fellow men/women.

After Jesus spoke to His disciples on the mountain, we read that He came down, and a leper met Him there. Although we see here a literal story, leprosy in the Bible symbolicaly represnets sin. Matthew records,

"And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed." [Mt 8:2-3]

Again in Mark,

"And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean." [Mk 1:40-41]

Jesus says to the leper, “I will; be thou clean” and today still He is speaking this to all who come to Him humbly, in worship, asking for deliverance from sin. In Mark, an additional detail is added: “and Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched Him…” Jesus is not only willing to save us and help us overcome sin, but He has compassion on us. He looks upon our dismal state with compassion! What a beautiful Savior we have! And notice something else here: Jesus touches the leper. The people that others would never touch, never get near to, were afraid of even, and who were looked down upon… those exact people Jesus has compassion on and touches, changing their lives for ever.

This attitude is also present in the Old Testament:

"And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people." [1 Sam 12:20-22]

Samuel, by The LORD, urges the people to come to The LORD for aid. Even though they have sinned and messed up time and time again: there is nowhere else to go! Every other help/place is vain and leads to vanity; only God Almighty, Jesus Christ, can save people, deliver people, from their sin.

CONCLUSION

Whether you believe in Jesus and follow Him or yet do not: the reality remains the same: Jesus Christ is able and willing, with compassion, to save you from your sins. All that must be done is to fall before Him in humble worship and ask. So while it is still called today, for “now is the day of salvation,” come to Jesus and “serve the LORD with all your heart; And turn ye not aside.”

"Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts…" [Heb 3:12-15a]

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