Leprous trees …. still beautiful.
Leprosy marks people on the outside. Their wounds are on display for all to see. When Jesus came upon the Leper, the disciples spoke that he was unclean.
But in Jesus’ eyes, the leper was made beautiful by his faith, and in a move of compassion, and a show of willingness, Jesus TOUCHED the leper and healed him.
A normal tree is just a tree, and a righteous man is a righteous man. And they are great, don’t get me wrong. But Jesus didn’t come to call the righteous. He came to be the doctor of the sick, the redeemer of sinners.
How much more magnificent is the story of a man whose wounds have been miraculously healed by Jesus? How much more was his heart touched, than those who followed religious traditions? How much more can we understand the heart of God in this act, and His desire for His children to be restored?
Redemption is the opportunity for God to put His character on display. A chance to show how good, how kind, how merciful He is. The more desperate and hopeless the situation, the better if a person has the right heart open to receive Him.
Your wounds don’t have to be external for Jesus to heal. They don’t have to be physical. They can be emotional, psychological, financial, spiritual. The list goes on. Until you are as righteous and perfect as Jesus, there’s more healing to be had. And all you have to do is “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
God loves a good transformation story, just like we do.