After preaching the Sermon on the Mount Jesus came down from that mountain side and immediately encountered a leper who wanted to be healed. A leper was an outcast, an untouchable and lived with the social stigma that the disease of leprosy brought. He was alone, ignored, never hugged and most certainly unwelcomed. His cry was simple, “Lord if you are willing You could make me clean!” Jesus was not only willing, but He also “touched” the leper in order to heal the man, and the man was instantly healed.
Matthew chapter eight is filled with stories of Jesus healing all sorts of people. The one that really stands out is that of the sick servant of a Roman Centurion. The Centurion desired his servant to be healed, but then told Jesus there was no need for the Master to come to his house to do the deed. He said to Jesus, “Only speak the word and my servant will be healed!” Jesus marvelled at that level of faith. I think Jesus had been looking for that kind of faith among the Israelites who were the people of God.
He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” Jesus responded to such great faith and the man’s servant was healed. Would Jesus find such great faith among us today? Do we understand His power and authority and His willingness to heal? We’re in need of such great faith!