God Wants You To Be Well
February 12, 2012
The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Godlefski, Pastor
Montgomery United Methodist Church
Mark 1: 40-42
40 A leper came to Jesus begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “if you choose, you can make me clean.” 41Moved 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.
Gods wants you to be well, my Friend!
How do I know?
The Bible tells me so.
Let’s take a look at today’s scripture which is from Mark 1.
A leper came to Jesus begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “if you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
I love this Bible passage - and let me tell you why.
This Man Knew Where To Turn
First of all, "a leper came to Jesus."
This was a man with a terrible, awful skin disease.
Not only is the disease a physical limitation, it was a social limitation.
This man was a complete outcast.
His only company was people who had a similar disease.
The world rejected this man completely, he was a completely broken person inside and out.
But not completely.
I say that because he still retained his power of decision.
Although he was a challenged person physically, he was still wise;
he knew where to turn.
When the world rejected him, he knew who would accept him.
When the world would not touch him, he knew who would touch him.
When the world would not love him, he knew who would love him.
He turned to Jesus.
He was a wise person;
he turned the right way. You and I can, too - when we feel broken, or rejected or lost.
I heard a great phrase the other day -
"Impossible is just an opinion."
Isn’t that great?
(It is the motto of a hospital in North Jersey.)
You Can Heal Me - If You Choose
The leper said to Jesus, "If You choose, You can make me clean."
That seems like a challenge and a question wrapped in one, doesn't it?
It's a challenge to a healing task for Jesus, don't you think?
But it is also a question, isn't it?
"Do you choose to, Mr. Jesus? Do you care?
In this moment, do I matter to You?
If You choose, you can make me clean."
Jesus chose to heal this man by saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” and immediately the man was made clean and cured of his leprosy.
God cares that you are well. If he cared for this unknown leper, who He had never met before, then it is true for you and me. Jesus cares that you are well. I cherish and embrace this scripture, because it tells us that God cares that you are well.
The Answer is Yes
St Mark gives us a glimpse into the heart of Jesus when he writes the words, Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched the man.
These words mean that the heart of Jesus was entirely filled with compassion.
It was filled with the kind of empathy that only the Son of God can have.
Jesus totally cared for this poor leper. Jesus then stretched out his hand and touched the leper.
This was unheard of! People did not touch lepers, according to the law of the time.
Jesus touched the leper, the Son of God connected with this heart-broken human being.
The Leper Kept Hope Alive
What you dwell upon, you give power to.
If you dwell upon the negative that is what you give power to.
As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
What do we dwell upon? Do we dwell upon the “I can’t”? Do we dwell upon the “I’ll never”? Do we dwell upon, “I always fail at…”?
I invite you to be extremely cautious about these types of statements.
Don’t let them pass your lips.
Don’t send those kinds of vibrations into the universe.
Instead, be open to divine possibilities, because that is the doorway through which God can enter and then work remarkable things for us.
What we concentrate on, we move towards.
How about if you and I decide to dwell on the positive for this week?
Let’s decide to dwell upon God’s goodness and love and possibilities.
Let’s give power to the positives in our lives.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to discover that something we said or did helped people on some level? Wouldn’t that be a wonderful power to have?
Here is the good news!
You do have this power, because you have the power to love.
You have the power to pray for people.
Prayer is a radiant energy that comes forth from us.
If someone is asking for your prayers, do it right away.
Take their hands and say a simple prayer for them.
It can be something like, “Lord, bless my friend, in the way that they need most, for their highest good. In Jesus’s name. Amen.”
God is sending you into the world to be a reflection of his love and healing power.
Let those in need around you get the message, "I do choose. I do care."
Take on this power that is already in you.
May you go into the week ahead empowered.
May you know that God cares that you are well.
May you go into the week giving power to the healing power that is within you,
For yourself, and for those around you
You can make a positive difference!
Do you choose? Do you care?
Of course you do!
Let the power of your light shine.
Be a reflection of the powerful healing touch of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ,
And the world around you will be a brighter, healthier place, and
You will be changing lives for the better,
In the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.
God loves you, Friend. I do too. Have a blessed week. Amen.
© 2012 Anthony J. Godlefski