At A Distance!

Lately, I have come across a lot more miracles in the Bible that happened where Jesus healed the sick without Him touching or laying hands on them.  These revelations brought my feet to be more firmly founded on how powerful the Word of God is, how Jesus spoke and healing manifested.

What amazes me more is that on some occasions Jesus did not even say, “Be healed!”, and yet the sick people were healed!

One of the recent ones that I am meditating on is about the ten lepers who were cleansed and healed by Jesus.

In the Old Testament, a leper can never go near those who are normal, clean and healthy.  In fact,  when the priest examines a person and finds him leprous, he will pronounce him UNCLEAN and separate him.

“Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’  He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and HE SHALL DWELL ALONE; his dwelling shall be OUTSIDE the camp.”   (Leviticus 13:45-4)

The leper will remain isolated until such a time when he finds himself healed and is thoroughly examined and pronounced CLEAN by the priest.

But when our Lord and Savior Jesus came, the lepers had hope.  Jesus indeed is the HOPE of glory!  These lepers may have heard many stories about Jesus healing the sick everywhere and those testimonies raised their faith to a different level that gave them the confidence to cry out to Jesus as they saw Him.  Indeed, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

“As He went on His way to Jerusalem, it occurred that [Jesus] was passing [along the border] between Samaria and Galilee.  And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance.

And they raised up their voices and called, “Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us!”

And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean. (Luke 17:11-14)

Come to think of it, Jesus did not say, “You’re healed!”  When He saw them, He said to them, “Go at once and show yourselves to the priests.”  Why?  Because as I mentioned earlier that in the old covenant, the priest was given the authority to examine them to pronounce them CLEAN or UNCLEAN!

Look closely!  The ten lepers were not yet healed when they heard Jesus’ words, “Go and show yourselves …”!   The word says, AS THEY WENT, they were cured and made clean. (Luke 17:14)

Obedience to the spoken word of Jesus postures us to tap into the manifestation of the supernatural.  It’s amazing to think and see that none of the ten lepers questioned and said, “Why will we go to the priest where in fact our bodies are still covered with leprosy?”  Instead, they just went ahead and AS THEY WENT, healing manifested.

“One of them, a foreigner from Samaria, when he discovered that he was completely healed, turned back to find Jesus, shouting out joyous praises and glorifying God. When he found Jesus, he fell down at his feet and thanked him over and over, saying to him, “You are the Messiah.” This man was a Samaritan. “So where are the other nine?” Jesus asked. “Weren’t there ten who were healed?  They all refused to return to give thanks and give glory to God except you, a foreigner from Samaria?” Then Jesus said to the healed man lying at his feet, “Arise and go. It was your faith that brought you salvation and healing.(Luke 17:15-19 TPT)

The nine lepers I believe went straight to the priest for them to be examined and pronounced clean physically!  Only ONE of them came back to Jesus to give thanks and give glory to God.  I believe he got more than the nine.  He did not just get physical healing, but eternal salvation as well.

Jesus is our High Priest forever.  He not only pronounced the one who came back to Him  “CLEAN” physically, but Jesus declared him “WHOLE” in the King James Version.  “And He said to him, Arise, go your way:  your faith has made you WHOLE.”

Our wholeness only comes when we acknowledge Jesus as our Messiah, as our Lord and Savior.  It is He Who makes us forever righteous by the power of His blood shed at the cross that we may eternally be pronounced and declared CLEAN before the eyes of our Heavenly Father. We are the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Christ Jesus. Being established in righteousness which is a GIFT that we cannot earn or deserve, we are forever ACCEPTED in the beloved and can no longer be separated nor isolated from Him.

It is He Who completes us and satisfies every longing of our very being.  Now in the new covenant, we are being postured to partake of the better promises and the good news is, He lives and dwells inside us.  Therefore, what a wonderful thought of revelation we have that when we cry out to Him, we are NO LONGER at a distance.  We are in Him and He is in us.   He hears our every cry, that even the slightest whisper of our hearts He hears and He responds with His still small voice.  This is the Gospel of Peace.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us eyes to see and ears to hear the secrets of Your kingdom.  Truly, it is in meditating Your Word that changes the way we think about how “out of the box” You are.  Thank You, Jesus, for demonstrating how high our Heavenly Father’s thoughts and ways are, that as we lean on, rely on and trust confidently on Who You are and what You are speaking to us, we position ourselves to explore and experience Your wonderful plans and purposes for us.  Thank You, Holy Spirit, for always revealing the truth of Your word that are spirit and life.  Amen!

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