As I approach Jesus what is my request?
We have been contemplating Matthew chapter 8 verse 1 to 4,
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
8 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
New International Version via Biblegateway.com
This occurs after Jesus had delivered his sermon on the Mount. The man had probably been listening in from a distance due to his leprosy. Although what Jesus had said was about how to live here this man wanted what he could not do for himself, to be cured of leprosy.
I imagine myself as behind the man and I am approaching Jesus too. I can see the wilderness, I can feel the wind and I can see the crowds descending. Jesus is surrounded by his closest disciples I approach him. He looks at me after he has healed the man. I feel I want to ask for his autograph but what is more vital is that I ask for help in making peace. When others offend me I am unsure how to move on, when situations arise I can feel anxiety when I want to make peace. “Jesus help me make peace.”
“Peace is made through absorbing pain and releasing it in tears.”