"A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, 'If you are willing, you can make me clean.' Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. 'I am willing' he said, 'Be clean.' Immediately, the leprosy left him and he was cured."
Imagine being a leper, having had no human contact since being inflicted, being estranged from family and friends, suffering through a disfiguring disease alone. Seeing Jesus, a flicker of hope fans into a flame through faith as you approach him, trembling. Will he shirk away, wrinkling his nose? Will he command you to keep your distance, as others have? No! Jesus, filled with compassion, reaches out his hand and touches you, just as you are, diseased, dirty and discarded. Immediately, your skin is rosy with health. Your burden is lifted by One stronger than yourself. You are a new creation.
The Bible says, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. While I was dead in sin, dressed in filthy rags, discarded by others, he laid down his life for me. I am a new creation.