40 A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” 41 Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43 After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, 44 saying to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” 45 But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
In a recent Kingsford Charcoal commercial, a man comes outside in full winter guard stumbling into his neighbor’s ongoing BBQ. The poor fellow had no idea that the seasons had changed from winter cold to summer warmth. Indeed, sometimes periods of trial, tribulation, confusion, failure, and disappoint that seem to never end. Further, they can change our psyche so much that we fail to realize when we have overcome.
In our text today, we encounter a leper who has lived through a prolonged period of suffering. However, this leper is notable not for his disease but his faith and his attitude. To begin with, this leper fully believed that Jesus could heal him. However, the thing I would like to focus on is what the leper did after his encounter with Jesus. He didn’t go to get examined by the priests as Jesus demanded. Instead, he immediately rejoined the community and started testifying to people regarding his healing. This leper never waited for someone else to tell him he was healed. The touch and word of Jesus was enough for him to start living healed.
As most of America anxiously waits for Spring to truly arrive, I’m aware that some of us have been living in various types of prolonged winter. Regardless of how long your period of barrenness, cold, and blight may seem, please know that Jesus can fully heal you and your situation. I encourage you to seek Jesus and make your needs plainly known to him. Finally, after you have had your personal encounter with the Savior, don’t wait for commentary from others. If Jesus has delivered you from something, then immediately feel free to live like you are healed!