Mark 1:41 – And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
One of my favorite statements in ministry and leadership training is, “If God said it, that settles it!” I really can’t make a more powerful statement relating to the final authority of God’s Word. We know that it is impossible for God to lie. Based on that great Biblical truth, my statement, “If God said it, that settles it,” should end all other discussion of that matter. Time and again through the Scriptures we are directed, ordered, and commanded by God that we should humble ourselves under His hand, under His authority. And for the child of God, there is no more authoritative manifestation of God’s authority than His Word, especially His written Word.
Take a moment to read the Mark passage of our Manna for Today. Leprosy was one of the most horrible diseases of Jesus’s day. They had no cure but God. It is evident that the leper in question had heard of Jesus and His healing power. It is likewise evident that while he knew Jesus could heal him, he was not sure that it was the Lord’s will to do so. But when Jesus heard the passionate request of a desperate man, He ended all questions of this matter. Look closely at the words of Jesus. He said plainly, “I will; be thou clean.” Two Biblical statements serve as framing statements for these words of Jesus, establishing them as being true in all situation regarding healing, especially towards those who have covenant with Him. Each of those statements are themselves quite brief.
First, we know that God is no respecter of persons. He does not exalt one above another. It is faith that moves God, not one’s status in life arising from any element. Secondly, the Scriptures declare that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Clearly, we can see that Jesus did not cleanse the leper because of some special favor, and in reality, His healing power has never flowed from that perspective, nor will it ever, for He never changes.
Take hold of this truth, my friend. Do you need healing in your body? Jesus has provided it, and wants you to have it. He wants you to have it so much that you can live without the need for healing by living a life of health. That is, in truth, the covenant in which we live that we call the New Covenant. It was paid for by the blood of Jesus, brought into power by the death of Jesus, and backed up with full heavenly authority by the resurrection, ascension, and seating of Jesus on the right hand of the Father. That is His covenant with us for this hour. Believe it, embrace it, and live in it.
Manna for Today – Mark 1:40-45; 3 John 2; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21; Acts 10:34; Hebrews 13:8