Read Mark Chapter 14
Mk 14:3 While He was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.
Yesterday, we took a hard look at our personal depravity, our wretchedness. Today we will see another example of hopelessness which was alleviated by our Savior. In Jesus’ day, and for centuries before, the leper was one of the greatest outcasts which existed. Even God’s eternal laws directed mankind to avoid any contact with the leper. God’s own words instructed men to see the leper as untouchable. The leper was even instructed to yell, “Unclean,” when he approached others.
This is a classic example of yesterday’s topic. On the one hand, God declared the leper to be unclean and unapproachable. Therefore, such a man was fully aware of his wretchedness. Yet, we see in today’s scripture that Jesus Himself violated that instruction. Not only did He approach Simon the Leper, He dared to enter the leper’s home and partake in dining with the man. Awesome!!
Simon the Leper could easily have uttered the same words as the Apostle Paul, “What a wretched man I am!!” And he could also utter the next part, “Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Jesus became to Simon the same route to salvation as He did to Paul and to you and me.
In today’s Christian world, you and I are sometimes considered to be the “lepers” within Christendom. We are indeed wretched, hopeless, and fully aware of our condition. Yet, Jesus has come to our home, violated all the rules of our day, and has “dined with us” despite our dire standing. It is His love and mercy which have allowed us to know we have a remedy for our plight.
Just as God instructed man to avoid the leper, He also instructed man to stone the homosexual offender. Yet, just as Jesus came to save and salvage the life of the leper, He comes and salvages our lives. Jesus and only Jesus has the ability and authority to give hope to the hopeless. Again, let us rejoice over our good fortune. We were and are hopeless; therefore we have hope – a sure and eternal hope! That is amazing!!
Prayer: Lord, we ditto yesterday’s prayer.