Never Too Filthy for Christ
“Then a man with a serious skin disease came to Him and, on his knees, begged Him: ‘If You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him. ‘I am willing,’ He told him. ‘Be made clean.’ Immediately the disease left him, and he was healed.” Mark 1:40-42
When a person was unclean, he was isolated from the community and worship. If you touched an unclean person you became unclean, and you may even catch the unclean person’s disease, being sentenced to the same isolation. Your uncleanness kept your from entering the temple to bring sacrifices and worship. It was a lonely life, filled with physical and emotional pain.
Knowing this, we can understand this man’s desperation. He came to Christ on his knees and pleaded. But he also knew his uncleanness and how it would spread if Jesus came too close, so he gave the caveat with his plea, “But only if you are willing.”
Being compassionate, Jesus was willing, and reached out and touched him.
If any other person did this, the man would have remained unclean with his skin disease and the person who touched him would have become contaminated as well. But Christ remains unstained by the man’s disease, and in turn makes him clean. His life was changed immediately by the holy touch of Christ.
Perhaps you feel unclean—blemished, damaged, dirty—from sin. You feel as though you could never wash away the stains of sin. Friend, Christ can make you pure. You are never too filthy for Christ’s blood. He bore our sins on the cross so we could be brought near. By grace through faith your sins are washed away—forever.
Lord, thank you for making me clean. I was an unclean sinner, separated from you by my sins. Thank you for Christ’s atonement that brings me into an eternal relationship with you again, that your blood washes away my every stain.
If you are feeling unclean and like your sins can’t be washed away, I encourage you to spend some time studying and meditating on Ephesians 2 today.