Mark 1:40-41 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.
I remember when I was a kid, I would ask my parents, “Can I do such and such?” And their answer would often be, “Well, you probably CAN do such and such, but that doesn’t mean that you WILL do it!”
The truth is that ability and will are two different things. In the last post we established that Jesus is able to heal. He proved it to the father of the young boy. But the question is, will He heal? I know a lot of Christians who believe that God is capable of healing them, but they are completely uncertain if that means that He will.
Maybe you are in this camp. You pray and ask the Lord to heal you. You believe that if He wants to do it, He can. You hope that you are the lucky one who gets His attention and convinces Him to act on your behalf. Or maybe you hope you’ve done just enough to deserve His healing.
But you need to reread the first part of Mark 1:41. Jesus was “moved with compassion” for the man afflicted by leprosy. Do you remember when we said that the ancient Greeks thought that the heart was where thoughts were held and decisions were made? Well, according to the Greek Lexicon, the word used for ‘compassion’ in this verse actually means ‘to be moved as to one's bowels, hence to be moved with compassion, have compassion (for the bowels were thought to be the seat of love and pity.)’
Ok, so I am I the only one who thinks this is a bit strange? But the truth is it gives such a great picture of how Jesus felt! Have you ever hurt because someone you loved was hurting? Where did it hurt? Down in the pit of your stomach, right? And I bet you would have done anything that you could to help relieve the hurting, too, right?
Jesus had that kind of reaction to the afflicted man. He hurt with him, and He was moved to help him. This was not the only time that Jesus felt this way. In fact, regularly when He saw the multitudes of hurting people, Jesus was moved with this compassion - the kind that went down deep into his gut. Why was this His regular reaction to the hurting of others? He loved them...all. And when those He loved hurt, He hurt.
Now do you believe that He loves you? If you say yes, you do believe He loves you as much as any of His children, then do you think it is possible that He is moved with compassion for you, too? And if He is moved with compassion for you, gut-wrenching compassion, then WILL He heal you, just as He did all the others He saw? Yes. Believe it. He not only CAN, He WILL.
Fill in these blanks:
Lord, I believe you CAN heal ______________________________. (situation)
Lord, I believe you WILL heal ______________________________. (situation)
Repeat this for any struggle in which you need the Lord’s intervention.
I believe that you can heal me. I know that you are mighty to save and can make me clean. I also know that you are moved with compassion on my behalf. And so you not only can heal me, you will heal me. I profess in faith that, “You will touch me and I will be clean.”