“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean” (Mark 1:40).
Here we have an account of a man with leprosy (Read more about leprosy here http://www.leprosymission.org.au/AboutTLM/WhatisLeprosy.aspx).
According to the law, whenever lepers saw an individual approaching them they needed to cry out “unclean, unclean”!(Lev 13:45, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Lev%2013:45&version=NIV). But something happens in this story. Whether He had heard about Jesus before, or whether He saw it in the Saviour’s eyes as He approached, I don’t know, but for some reason or another, this leper knew that there was something different about Jesus! For as long as he had this disease, his cry had been one of hopelessness – “Unclean! Unclean!” His cry had reflected his own condition! His condition had defined him! However, here, as he encounters Jesus, his cry changes- “if you are willing, you can make me clean”(v.40). The cry of hopelessness that had come from looking at himself, changes to a cry of hope – a hope that could be found only in Jesus!
Like a beggar with nothing to lose, he falls on his knees and throws himself on the mercy of the Saviour:“If You are willing, You can make me clean.”
You see , Dear Friend, without Him we can do nothing. We cannot save ourselves!
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved. ” Acts 4:12
“Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
If we look to ourselves, our cry will always be one of helplessness and hopelessness, but when our focus shifts to Jesus, it becomes a cry of hope!
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
May your cry of hopelessness be changed to one of hope!