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What’s going on in the world? Parts of Europe are going back into COVID-19 lockdown; political instability and natural disasters seem on the increase; consequently, many are experiencing fear, depression, and nervous breakdown.
This was how the people of Israel felt when Jesus lived with them. They were under Roman colonialism; they were poor yet they had to regularly pay tax; Roman soldiers violently harassed them daily; Jewish freedom fighters (the zealots) violently harassed Romans and Jews that worked with them. In this craziness, the poor and hungry, the orphan, the widow, and the sick suffered greatly.
Under these conditions Mark 1:40-45 (The Message Bible)(shortened) says: “A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there the leprosy was gone… Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: “Say nothing to anyone… But as soon as the man was out of earshot, he told everyone… all over town. So Jesus kept to out-of-the-way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over.”
At that time, they had no cure for leprosy; nobody mixed with them, nobody touched them; lepers hid from people. It took courage for this leper to seek out Jesus; his healing was a very big deal and Jesus preferred to keep it quiet. The joyful leper told everyone and thousands then came from all over to seek Jesus.
In times of fear, depression, and nervous breakdowns, seek Jesus – for healing of spirit, soul, mind and body; for healing of homes, families, and societies. Like the leper, take a courageous step in prayer to Jesus, and he will answer!
Jesus, thank you for caring; answer our prayers speedily, Amen!