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Clean Up on Aisle – Faith

August 3, 2023

Matthew 8:3
Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be made clean.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

According to the definition of faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. We do not see it as often as we think but we have faith in a lot of things every day. A very simple example that is seen so often is a chair. I have never seen anyone check a chair before sitting in it (maybe the plastic ones in Nicaragua but that is the exception). We have faith that other people on the roads are coherent and pay attention to their surroundings while driving. We have faith that the buildings we go into are structurally sound and will not collapse. Faith is very easy for us when it is something we have been able to see work out for us in the past.

Scripture defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). We see faith on display in this verse. This man may have witnessed some people who had been healed and he may have even seen it himself, but he still had to go to Jesus. He could not just sit around and do nothing expecting to get healed. He had to have faith, hoping Jesus could do the same thing for him. He showed that when he said “Lord, if you are willing,” in verse 2 because he knew God could do whatever He wanted. The words in this verse are so sweet to my ears. Jesus says, “I am willing; be made clean.”

When we call on the name of the Lord as Romans 10:13 says “we will be saved”. This salvation is the cleansing of our sins. Just like this man went to God, sick and all, we must run to our savior. We must have faith that he can save us from our sins. There are many people in this world that think they are not worthy of being saved. They think they must clean up their lives before they go to God or else, He will not accept them. This verse shows that is not the case. Jesus cleansed this man in his sickness. Romans 5:8 says that “God demonstrates His love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” There is no clause that says you must get clean and then you can go to God. Go to Him at your lowest, worst, or dirtiest. God is there waiting for you to come in faith so he can heal you.

Cody R

   ’96 / ‘08    Jacksonville  FL

Doris Jean H

’44 / ’55 Manheim PA

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