When he saw Jesus
While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him.
We need to see Jesus, we need a revelation of him to know our need and even the possibility that is there – that we can be healed, that we can be set free. Sometimes our pride stops us from coming, but this man was at the bottom of the pile, he would have been rejected by society – he was a leper. But in his heart he wanted to be healed and was desperate. You can see that flicker of hope in him as he came and saw Jesus, there was a flicker of ‘maybe he can make me whole’. He would have heard stories of Jesus’ ministry, after all how many people do you throw yourself down at their feet? And the stories had lit a flame of hope, but only a very small spark, for he came saying. ‘if you are willing’, if he had known the one who he was talking with he would have known. His desperation threw him down, it would have been ‘what have I got to lose?’
Do you see Jesus as your only hope? Do you see Him as the one who can set you free. The world has so much to offer and we can be satisfied with those things but they will never fulfil or answer that which is inside, our need of God. Seeing him is our hope. This man saw him and hope sparked into life. He threw himself down, he fell on his face. What is it that you face – look to god, throw yourself down before him, fall on your face, humble yourself before him.