LEPROSY is a vivid and graphic physical picture of the spiritual defilement of sin. Sin is ugly, loathsome, incurable, and contaminating; it separates men from God and makes them outcasts. The instructions given to the priests in Leviticus 13 help us understand the nature of sin: Sin is inside us, deeper than the skin (Lev. 13:3); sin also spreads (Lev. 13:8); sin always defiles and isolates (Lev. 13:45‚Äď46); and just as leprous garments are fit only for the fire (Lev. 13:52, 57), so those who die clothed in sin will burn forever.
But then came Jesus. Mark used his favorite word in this passage. When the untouchable is touched by Jesus, note (Mark 1:42) ‚ÄúIMMEDIATELY the leprosy left him and he was cured.‚ÄĚ
If you realize that the leprosy of sin has infected your person, then you have no doubt that you are a sinner.
If you believe that, there is no reason why you should not go immediately to him. He has compassion, he will actually touch the leprosy of your sin.
Pastor John Barnett has been devouring the Word of God for over 30 years. John, now the teaching pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan has served congregations in Oklahoma, New England, Georgia and California. He also served on the Faculty of the Master's College...