Jesus Cleanses the leprosy of Sin
“He is a leprous man, he is unclean: the priest shall pronounce him utterly unclean… And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled. He is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be” – (Lev.13:44-46).
“And the priest shall see him: and , behold, if the plague be turned into white; then the priest shall pronounce him clean…” – (Lev.13:17).
“And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou cast make me clean. And Jesus moved with compassion, put forth his hand and touched him, and saith unto him, I will, be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed” – (Mk.1:40-42).
“And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” – (I Jn.1:7).
The filthiness and repulsiveness of sin is represented in the Bible as leprosy. Leprosy of the body symbolizes what sin is to the soul – sin is leprosy of the soul. The hopelessness and deadliness of sin is portrayed in the leper. As the leper walked down the road crying out “unclean, unclean,” he was a reminder to the people that they also were moral and spiritual lepers in need of cleansing. God is showing us that sin is exceedingly sinful. Leprosy is sin, as it were, made visible outward in the flesh. We are all spiritual lepers and unclean.
Only the high priest in the O.T. could pronounce the leper clean or unclean and only the Lord Jesus, our great High Priest, can care you of your leprosy of sin. Only He can pronounce you clean from your sins. Are you a leper who has come to Christ for cleansing and salvation or are you still in your sins and unclean? “But we are all as an unclean thing…” – (Is.64:6). When the leper’s skin was white all over, the priest pronounced him clean, and when we’re saved by Christ, He washes us inwardly as white as snow. “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me and I shall be whiter than snow” – (Ps.51:2,7).
Our high priest looks upon the human family, and pronounces us all us unclean. But He provides a place for us to go for cleansing, to Himself on the cross. “And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin” – (I Jn.1:7). God has shut up this world of lepers in quarantine and He won’t let anyone into heaven with their spots and blemishes in them. Sinners need to come to Christ like the leper, kneeling down to Jesus and repenting of sin and beseeching Christ to save him. Leprosy is a horrible plague chosen by God to represent sin. One man described it – “I was startled by a crowed of lepers, without eyes, without nose, without hair, without everything. They held up their handless arms and footless feet. Unearthly sounds gurgled through throats without palates – I was horrified.”
Leprosy begins in a small way, a rising, a scab, a bright spot on the skin, and progressively gets worse and worse until finally it kills. A drunkard starts with one drink. A whore starts with one act of fornication, a thief starts with one theft, a liar starts with one lie. The leprosy of sin progresses slowly but surely. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” – (Jam.1:14,15). We can see this with a person being tempted in their lust for fornication and then the lust is conceived and they commit the sin. And millions of times when the baby is conceived it bringeth forth death to the baby by abortion. And we see Jesus on the cross dying for our sins and saying “it is finished” and bringing forth His death so that we could conquer our death and have eternal life.
Thank God for Jesus our High Priest who sanctified himself “… he appeared to put way sin by the sacrifice of himself” – (Heb.9:26). We have a high priest who delights in pronouncing us clean; He delights in having compassion upon us – “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” – (Rev.1:5). O how he loves us lepers, as horrible as our sins make us to be.
Leprosy is a walking, living death. A leper was treated as a dead man. The sinner is dead while he lives – “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins” – (Eph.2:2). Every one of us is born a spiritual leper, dead in sins, and unable to cure ourselves and defiled. Sin is deeper than the skin; sin spreads, sin defiles, sin isolates and sin is fit only for the fires of hell. Sin is a spreading leprosy, it spreads more and more as we grow older, unless and until Christ saves us and puts an end to it. Sin, like leprosy is a highly contagious disease as it spreads from one person to another like a deadly flu.
The leper was the medium of contagion and
defilement wherever he went. The Lord demanded that he be shut out from the
O the unsaved don’t want to hear themselves described as a leper. The polished and dressed up and hypocritical unsaved church member does not believe he has leprosy and he resents being told that he is a lost sinner. The hardened sinner is easier to reach than he, and is more open to the gospel – he knows he has leprosy. But a born again saint of God will see many unclean things that they do and many unclean words come out of their mouth. Christians are told – “Touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you” – (2 Cor.6:17).
Jesus cured many people of physical ailments but He “cleansed” the lepers; this was rather an uncleanness than a disease and dealt with by the priest. The plague of leprosy came from natural causes. When Moses put his hand to his bosom and took it out leprous, it was a plague inflicted immediately by the hand of God. Miriam’s leprosy came upon her because of her prejudice against Moses marrying a black woman. Gehazi’s and King Uzziah’s leprosy were all punishments for particulars sins. What leprosy does to the body, sin does to the soul.
Leprosy and its cure is a picture of sin and the Saviour. There are billions of people infected with the leprosy of sin. It is not seen outwardly but it is just as hideous inwardly in the sight of God. Jesus is just as willing as He was 2000 years ago to heal and cleanse those who are “full of leprosy.” Do you realize that you are an unsaved spiritual leper? If you do, will you turn to the great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, and ask Him to save you and cleanse you as white as snow from your leprosy of sin? This is the mightiest miracle of all, being washed away from your sins and born again. He will change you into a new holy creature. Jesus Christ is the only change we can believe in. Jesus will touch you as He did with the unclean leper and make you whole.
He Touched Me
Shackled by a heavy burden,
‘Neath a load of guilt and shame.
Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same.
Since I met the blessed Saviour,
Since He cleansed and made me whole,
I will never cease to praise Him!
I’ll shout it while eternity rolls.
He touched me,
Oh, He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul.
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole.
Thank you William J. Gaither
Are you saved and born again in Christ? Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. You become a new born again creature in Christ, old things are passed away and all things are become new. There is a radical and complete change in your life not unlike the change that took place in a cleansed leper. Think about the change in the leper’s life after Christ cleansed him. Jesus said – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7). Christ will wash you white as snow inwardly just as He did to the lepers outwardly. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” – (Is.1:18). The scarlet and crimson and wool point to the “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” – (Jn.1:29).
Repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sin and become a new born again creature in Christ. O do not spurn the love and grace of God in His beloved Son on the cross as your only Savior. Choose eternal life instead of eternal death. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him” – (I Jn.4:9). When Jesus cleanses you from your lep-rosy of sin, your eternal destiny is ‘rosy’ – all sunshine and roses.
Don’t spend eternity in hell as an uncleansed leper.
Pastor Mike Storti
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