He risked it all. He had nothing to lose. His skin was literally in shambles. He was tired of being considered an outcast. His normal day consisted of shouting “unclean, unclean” at the top of his lungs to warn others to stay away from him (See Leviticus 13:45-46). To others he was considered as good as dead (See Numbers 12:12). He lived a dichotomous existence. Untouchable, but longing to be held. Undesirable, but desiring relationship. Incurable, yet holding out hope that one day this nightmare would end. He had patiently waited for the mountaintop revival to end. He had seen others healed, biding his time. He hoped that his day would come. Then it happened…
“When [Jesus] had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him” (Matthew 8:1)
Finally! The revival was over. It was now or never. His normal, limited, one-word vocabulary was replaced with a bold address: “Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean” (Matthew 8:2). His bold action was looked down upon by others. He was speaking out of turn. But Jesus didn’t think so. He reached out his hand and touched him. Our story could have stopped there. Many had been healed by the touch of Jesus. The touch was sufficient. But not this man. He was different. After Jesus touched him, He spoke to him. “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as the words left Jesus’ lips, the man was healed. It wasn’t the touch of Jesus that cured him, but the words of Jesus.[Tweet “It wasn’t the touch of Jesus that cured him, but the words of Jesus.”]
The same medium of expression (words) that had previously betrayed him–“unclean, unclean”–had now healed him. If you could just get to a place where you move beyond the touch. You’ve been saying the same thing for so long, but if you move beyond the touch, your vocabulary will start to change. You’ll begin to speak life. Healing will start to flow. God is looking for people who are bold enough to move beyond the touch. Are you?