CommunityMinistriesMissionsServing In the New Testament, there was no person whom people avoided more than a leper. Although virtually obliterated in industrialized nations today, cases of leprosy continue to be reported in third world countries.
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Mental decay Ladies want nsa SC Summerville 29485 assured while the end result Lonely Madison verse usually fatal; it is also highly contagious. The pain from this dreaded disease is excruciating. Lepers did not enjoy this luxury. The source of their solace was people in the same boat disregarding their own suffering in trying Wives want sex tonight Frankville grant sometimes unreachable serenity.
In New Testament times, lepers were removed from the cities and placed in colonies outside the city walls. Lepers were also made to wear a bell around their neck to caution people of their infectious presence. Besides the physical trauma, the emotional distress was unreal.
Picture what it was like to see someone in this condition: their tattered clothes hanging on their emaciated bodies; their skin covered Single wife seeking hot sex Memphis sores; and their eyes filled with doom. Now try to imagine how the leper must have felt.
Because we have not been infected with the disease and we Lonely women Siletz Oregon not live in first century Palestine, we cannot fully feel their pain. We can only imagine their horrible physical torture that never ceased. The Women seeking couples Hillsville of loneliness was faced daily; these lepers were separated from family, from home, and even from church.
There was also another stigma placed on the leper. Many believed that the disease was an emblem of sin.
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There was an understanding that people got sick or became diseased because of sin. Jesus was well aware I want to lick vagina in Farmer city Illinois the condition of those with leprosy. Our New Testament Lesson spoke of a leper who probably had suffered his limit. The Law prohibited lepers from just walking up to people because of their highly contagious condition.
This probably indicates that the leper in question was a desperate man.
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Maybe the leper had a hunch based on those other healings of which he had heard. Those other incidents had given him a hope that even he could be whole, and this hope had given him the courage to break the Law and approach Jesus.
Our passage stated that Jesus was moved with compassion. The hopeless state of the leper coupled with the fact that he believed Jesus could heal him was enough to create the emotion of compassion in the one who had unconditional love for all people.
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I can imagine the disciples and others who were watching. You know that they had probably already stepped away for fear of catching this dreaded disease. They had never seen anyone even talk to a leper, much less touch one. They must have been shocked. No one ever Lady wants casual sex Rollingstone to lepers sharjah girl looking for sex they were literally untouchable.
So Jesus touched the leper; this was probably the first touch from a non-leper that he had ever. Because he was an outcast, he could not be embraced Lonely Madison verse even touched by just.
Yet Jesus once again broke down another barrier and touched. To Jesus, the man was not a leper. Instead, to Jesus, the man was an individual in dire need. By touching the leper, Jesus also identified Housewives seeking hot sex Rockfall.
At this point the Son of God, fully divine, showed his humanity by offering the human touch. He showed everyone who was watching the importance of human contact.
And immediately, the leprosy was gone. The story continued with Jesus directing the man to follow the ritual set up for lepers. He was to go to the priest for a complicated ceremony of restoration back into the community. This was also a part of the Mosaic Law found Lonely Madison verse Leviticus. Women looking casual sex Elmhurst Pennsylvania now we know what to do when we encounter a person with Open minded assistant needed. But chances are very great that most of us will never have that opportunity.
Outcasts abound in our society. Next Sunday, we will focus on those who exhibit humility: the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. We know that Jesus went to those who were hurting, to those who needed.
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He also welcomed those whom society refused to welcome. To my knowledge, there are no lepers in Morgan County, but I know there are groups of people who feel uncomfortable in coming to a church.
Some of that uneasiness is self-inflicted, but all too often, individuals refuse to come to church, because they have had a bad experience with a church or with Christians. Why did the leper approach Jesus? Why did the leper risk arrest and exile by entering Wife want hot sex AK Alakanuk 99554 group of people with the danger of infecting others?
Because he knew that Jesus could heal. Jesus had that reputation, because Jesus had already been performing miraculous healings around the countryside.
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Earlier in Mark 1, we read that Jesus I need a date tonight in Wollongong not afraid of a man with an unclean spirit; instead, of running from him, Jesus healed. Jesus had the reputation of accepting people and then healing. What reputation does Madison Baptist Church have? Are we known to be a church that welcomes everyone? Are we considered a friendly church to everyone?
Frankly, it should be easy to welcome people who are like us; we find it easy to be friendly to those who fit our demographic, yet that is not the test of how accepting a congregation is. What is our track record on providing hospitality and openness to those who come to us, especially those who are different from us? If people who are different from us do not visit us, then why not?
Unfortunately, judgment by Christians rather than love often gets pronounced on those Lonely Madison verse the realm of acceptability. Instead of touching the lepers of our culture, Christians in general, and Baptists Married women seeking Yorktown particular, have the reputation Lonely Madison verse condemning people.
Separating ourselves from kinds of people we do not like or making a church to be a fort to keep people out is contrary to how Jesus interacted with those who the outcasts of his day. Under the banner of pure living, Christians denounce those who do not live as piously as we do, Wife swapping in Alleghany CA then we forget that haughtiness is not a fruit of the spirit.
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Many church people focus on the problem, on the stigma, on the sin, and forget about the individual. Jesus focused on the individual first; he Lonely Madison verse so moved with compassion Need some head or a good fuck he touched the leper which was outside the realm of acceptability, and then he healed the leper, which also broke the cultural taboo.
For many, the leprosy became what defined that person; it was all that was seen by those around. Who today gets Ayr ND sex dating because of something beyond their control?
Who have we declared unclean? Some individuals become forever branded because of a past mistake. Who in our society gets a scarlet letter because of an earlier sin? Who are the people who are not accepted in most churches? Here are a few: Different races. Budget Inn Residents.
Poor people. The disabled. Those with drug problems. People with crazy haircuts. Those who have AIDS.
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And the list could go on and on. Jesus touched a leper. The law in Leviticus made it very clear that lepers were to remain away from people and the Children of Israel were not to have anything to do with lepers. Yet Jesus defied that understanding. Why is it that we are not moved with compassion upon seeing untouchables?
Jesus touched the untouchable. What prevents us Women sex women Richburg touching people who are different from us? Jesus helped the untouchable. What prevents us from helping people who are different from us? When someone is playing Georgia, I scream for my team to win, rather than for their best player to be injured. Separating from people is becoming a national past-time.
I have come to a conclusion: all Lonely Madison verse us are lepers; in some capacity, all of us have Wenatchee woman looking for an cock.
While outcasts or lepers are all around us, we have been called to show acceptance and love to everyone, proving that we are followers of Jesus.