If You Are Willing…

Mark 1:40-45

In our class we are looking at the example of Jesus and then asking, “how should we be like Him?”  In today’s text a leper comes to him saying “if you are willing you can make me clean”.  What did Jesus say?  What would we say?

Before dismissing applying this to ourselves “because only Jesus could perform miracles”, consider that there are non-miraculous ways we can help those who are sick and otherwise in need. We could even feed 5000 if we were so inclined (though not with five loaves and two fishes!).

What does the text say about Jesus’ heart that explains why He was willing to heal the leper?  What does this mean?




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3 Responses to If You Are Willing…

  1. Connie

    At first Jesus was annoyed but then moved with compassion, feeling sorry for the leper he said,”I am willing, be cleansed.” Immediately the leper was cleansed. I would hope, without the power to heal, I would see to it to obtain the needed medical attention for the man as did the Good Samaritan.
    Jesus’s heart was full of compassion and love.

  2. Mary K

    Jesus was willing. My version reads that Jesus was indignant. I believe this indignation to be that this humble and faith-filled man who Jesus clearly loved was desperately afflicted with this dreadful disease. In our conversation we might say “horrified” or “devastated”. Under the circumstances Jesus didn’t just heal him, but touched him, a leper; something that just wasn’t done in the Jewish community. So, as far as Jesus’ heart was concerned in this situation, this account clearly demonstrates one broken by another’s suffering. Compassion at this level compels one to build up the suffering through whatever means available. Always it requires that I be aware of others around me and demonstrate a practical responsiveness to their sorrow. Many times it may merely require a willingness to extend a compassionate touch.

  3. Jimmy Haynes

    Thanks for your comments. Wow! I was unaware there was a textual question about this passage and that some versions say Jesus was angry (or indignant) Biblegateway.com list 51 English versions and only 4 contain that terminology. Also, the parallel passages in Matthew (8:2) and Luke (5:12) do not say anything about Jesus being angry. I guess this shows how much I look at the NIV. I have a hard time seeing Jesus be ANGRY here, but there may be some sense that He was. My point certainly is not that when someone asks for help we should follow Jesus example and get angry! (Except perhaps in the sense Mary K mentions above).

    Who else has a thought?

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