Just wanted to share a few things that came out at one of the Journey Groups. Some will just scratch their heads, others will have an ah-ha moment.
Luke 5:15-17 (Amp)
15But so much the more the news spread abroad concerning Him, and great crowds kept coming together to hear [Him] and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.
16But He Himself withdrew [in retirement] to the wilderness (desert) and prayed.
17One of those days, as He was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the Law sitting by, who had come from every village and town of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was [present] with Him to heal [g]them.
We found a few things interesting here.
Note that in v 15, we see people coming to hear and be healed by Jesus. So many of us want so much to hear Him and to be healed, emotional, mentally, physically, financially, and/or spiritually, yet, it seems to take forever to get those things. We wonder, “Jesus, where are you?” “Are you even there or can you hear me?”
Now take a look at v16, there is a ‘but’ there. It doesn’t say that Jesus taught and they were healed. It says, “He withdrew himself into the deserts and prayed.” WHAT?? So these people came looking for him, needing Him and He withdrew?
Then in v17 we see that “on a certain day …” It isn’t in our timing, it’s always in His timing, and when that certain day comes, He will teach and the power will be to heal.
So when we feel like He isn’t there, we have to remember that He is preparing and will return on that certain day and then He will teach and will heal us.
It’s amazing how this portrays our current situation as the Bride of Christ. He has gone away and is preparing a place, but on that certain day, He will return!
In looking at Mark 1 we read:
39[So] He went throughout the whole of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
40And a leper came to Him, begging Him on his knees and saying to Him, If You are willing, You are able to make me clean.
41And being moved with pity and sympathy, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I am willing; be made clean!
From the passage we learn many things about Jesus as savior and healer. But what popped out this time is that He “touched” him. We tend to read over that but at that time, people didn’t touch lepers. In fact, they would stay as far away from them as they could. They were outcasts from their family, their homes, their cities. They were considered as the walking dead. When they were given the diagnosis of leprosy, their life ended.
Jesus is willing to touch the most unclean people. He’s willing to dig right into the most disgusting, nasty area of our lives and touch it. Put His hands on it when no one else is willing to even go near it. He doesn’t want us to hide away, tucked under a bridge somewhere, He wants us to come to Him, filthy and dirty as we are, so that He can touch us! He reaches out to those that many consider dead, touches them and gives them life again.
Let’s now look at Isiah 53:
2For [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.
3He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.
4Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].(B)
5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
6All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.(C)
7He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.
8By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who among them considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living [stricken to His death] for the transgression of my [Isaiah’s] people, to whom the stroke was due?
9And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.(D)
In V4 it basically says that we think that He was punished by a just God. If you do some study on this verse, you can understand why the Amplified has in parenthesis, as if with leprosy.
Getting deeper …
… for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Even deeper …
He was clean, innocent and yet stricken for the transgressions of someone else. But get this one, if we look at the original Hebrew of the word stricken we find the part of the meaning is …
stroke, plague, disease, mark, plague spot
stroke (metaphorical of disease)
mark (of leprosy)
If you missed it, this is written BEFORE Jesus was born and it talks about how He will be stricken because of other’s transgressions, cut off from the land of the living … and when He comes to the earth what did he do? He reaches out and touches … the lepers, the outcasts, those cut off from the land of the living, those stricken …
Either you get it or you don’t. You are either scratching your head going, “Huh?” or you just went, “Ah-HA!” It isn’t something someone can explain to you, it’s something the Spirit will need to.