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This man came begging to Jesus. He wanted to be healed like nothing else.

He knew Jesus could heal him. This moved Jesus deeply.

So what did Jesus do? He healed him.

Am I moving Jesus to compassion? Am I desperate for Jesus’ touch?

Jesus wants to heal me. He is clear about that.

At Jesus’ word, I can be clean.

A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to heal you. Be clean.” Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy. Jesus dismissed him with strict orders: “Say nothing to anyone. Take the offering for cleansing that Moses prescribed and present yourself to the priest. This will validate your healing to the people.” But as soon as the man was out of earshot, he told everyone he met what had happened, spreading the news all over town. So Jesus kept to out-of-the-way places, no longer able to move freely in and out of the city. But people found him, and came from all over. (Matthew 8:3-4 The Message)