The Gospel of Luke – Week 10 – Luke 5:12-26
Jesus Touches And Heals
Leprosy was an incurable disease of the skin that not only led eventually to death, but also to extreme isolation, and loneliness as the condition progressed. Lepers were considered “untouchable”, and often that their condition was a curse from God. People experiencing paralysis were often in similar situations. They couldn’t work. They didn’t fit into society. They couldn’t earn a living. People considered them “less-than” kinds of citizens. In today’s text Jesus demonstrates the reality of the Kingdom of God that the messiah comes near – he enters into the lives of the people he loves. In the case of the leper, Jesus physically touches the man and heals him. Though he could have healed with just a word, Jesus demonstrates his love by touching the “untouchables”. He restores his health, but also his ability to be with family and friends – to resume normal life where before there had been no hope. Jesus fully and simply tells the paralyzed man to get up and walk, to go home to be with his family and friends – to resume normal life where before there had been no hope. The Kingdom of God come to earth in the messiah, Jesus Christ, is the place, the power, and the person who brings health and wholeness to life where before there had been no hope!