13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (Luke 5:12-13 NLT)
People with leprosy were untouchable. Because the disease was so contagious, people with leprosy had to live outside of their village, away from their families. No one ever touched a leper. But Jesus did. Jesus touched the man before He healed him. Jesus reached out in love to touch the untouchable and healed him so that he could return home and be hugged and loved by his family and friends.
We all have the incurable, highly contagious disease of sin. Sin cuts us off from God and from the people we love. Jesus reaches out to touch us with His love. He heals us of our sin. He reaches out to touch us with His love. We are free to follow Him, to love and be loved by family and friends.