“Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said”
A man with leprosy came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus response was immediate. He reached out and touched him, and not only declared His willingness to help but healed him at the same time.
We need to remember the willingness that characterised Jesus life and ministry. There was His willingness to humble Himself and be born as a human child, His willingness to associate Himself fully with our everyday lives, His willingness to submit Himself to God’s will and direction, His willingness to die on the cross on our behalf and His willingness to share eternity with us.
On top of this there was His willingness to associate with all and everyone as they came to Him. They included the lepers, the demon-possessed, the sick, the lame, the blind, the deaf, the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the woman convicted of adultery and the social outcasts, as well as the religious leaders and the small children.
Jesus was willing to talk to everyone, heal anyone and offer His life for everyone. He needed no human pressure, inducement or encouragement – which was just as well. On the contrary as He hung on the cross He was willing to forgive those who had persecuted, crucified and deserted Him and He asked God to do the same.
The love of God for us, which is fully revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, is a love that reaches out to us all the time. It comes to us and calls us to Him so that He might become involved in our lives and we in His. God is still willing –and He will be right until the end.
Be willing to turn to God and to ask Him to guide and lead you.
Father You have come to find me and have shown me Your great love. Please help me to open myself to You and to be willing to respond. Amen.