After you’ve enjoyed the animation about the “The Healing of the Leper by Jesus in Matthew 8”, please continue reading the post below. My prayer is that you will be able to relate with the leper’s thoughts and struggles and see that Jesus is the answer to your trials – He is the only One who can save you and make you whole. Image Credits: New Creation Church and Pastor Joseph Prince
Hi dear reader, for you to fully enjoy and appreciate this re-imagining of what happened to the leper that Jesus healed in Matthew 8, you have to first watch the video below.
The following animation is a creative vision of Pastor Joseph Prince and it’s really a powerful, anointed video.
I couldn’t help but shed tears when I first watched it because the beauty of Jesus and the helplessly of the leper are so wonderfully portrayed in this short clip.
After you’ve enjoyed the animation, please continue reading the post below.
My prayer is that you will be able to relate with the leper’s thoughts and struggles and see that Jesus is the answer to your trials –
He is the only One who can save you and make you whole.
Please also note that the names in this fictional diary entry are not the real names of the leper’s family members.
The Diary of a Leper begins here
This is probably the most important entry I will ever write. I am going to share with you how it felt living all those years as a leper, and the experience of being healed from leprosy by the Man – no, the Messiah Jesus.
Let me write it down because I don’t want to ever forget this feeling.
I still don’t know how I contracted the terrible disease.
Those sores and wounds that appeared on my body that fateful day condemned me and marked me for exile.
Was it because I sinned? Was God punishing me because I didn’t obey the Law as I should?
Those were some of the accusing thoughts that ran through my mind, mocking me in my down-and-out state.
The worse part of it all was that I had to be separated from my love Abigail and my beloved son Joash.
I still remember how Abi and I chose his name: “The Lord has Given.” He is truly a gift from God. I never knew that kind of fierce, loyal love until the day he was born.
Seeing Abi’s tear-stained face of helplessness and Joash crying out “Abba! Abba!! Where are they taking Abba??” as I was cruelly driven away from town was the most heartbreaking feeling that I ever felt.
Joash just turned two, and all I could think about was: would I ever see Abi and Joash again.
Was I really destined to miss out all his growing up years?
After that, I led an empty and meaningless existence in the leper colony away from the town.
Everyone there was a reject of society.
I spent most days curled up and crying. My stomach was empty most of the time – thirst and starvation was a common feeling.
The only way to lessen the pain was to force myself to sleep.
I couldn’t stop thinking about my family – what was Abi doing right now? Did she miss me?
Was Joash eating well, and was he healthy?
What was he learning and what was his favorite color, food and song?
Many times, I prayed for God to take my life. If I couldn’t be with my family, what was the point of living?
I felt like even God had abandoned me and that I would definitely burn in Sheol after I died.
Since I was cursed with this rotten disease, surely I must have committed some unpardonable sin and had no hope of forgiveness.
God did not answer my prayers. I survived and continued to be alive for years after that.
But God was faithful. He didn’t take my life – He gave it back to me.
The story continues… Jesus Healed the Leper
They said He was a Nazarene, and that everywhere He went, He preached and people were healed.
They were saying how they’ve never seen anything like this before, and that people were bringing all the sick and demon-possessed just to get a touch from Him.I don’t know why, but when I heard that, it felt like a spark of hope lit up my numb heart.
“I must see this Jesus”, I thought to myself.Continuing to follow the travelers, I ended up at a mountain, and when I saw the multitudes there, I quickly hid behind a big rock to avoid being seen.
One wrong move and I could have been stoned to death for showing my face there!
Peeking from behind the rock, I saw that the people were all sitting on the field and listening to a man seated at the top of a hill.
I will never forget the way He made me feel.
He had a kind, loving and gentle air about Him, yet His eyes were sharp and seemed like He could look right into your soul – as if He understood the secret pains of your heart.
He was handsome, likable, and you could tell right away that He was Someone that you could follow and trust with your life.
As this Man preached His sermon, I remember paying close attention, but not understanding most of it.
At that moment I regretted skipping so many Scripture readings at the synagogue – I was never good at understanding the words of Moses or the prophets and never saw the importance of them until that day.
However these words that Jesus spoke stuck with me and stayed in my heart:
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Just then, a bird landed nearby, in the midst of a field of flowers.
I didn’t notice the beautiful sight so near to me because I was so afraid of being discovered by the people.
“Does God really love me and value me more than birds and flowers even though I am a dirty, unclean, hopeless sinner?” I thought to myself.
I could hardly believe it after all that I had been through.
Somehow, I wanted to believe that it was true.
It had to be true, if not, there was no hope left for someone like me.
Just then, I saw that Jesus had ended His sermon and was walking in my direction.
I was afraid and yet excited at the same time!
I made a decision in that instant that whether He was going to stone me or not, I had to beg Him to save me.
After all, this Man healed the sick and maybe He could heal me too.
Just when Jesus was approaching the rock where I stood, I took a deep breath and threw myself at His feet.
I bowed with my face to the ground and pleaded with Him “Lord if you are willing, You can make me clean.”
Seconds passed by but it felt like years as I waited for His response.
I was mentally preparing myself for a sharp rock to strike my head at any moment.
Then the unthinkable happened. He touched me gently and lifted me up!
He said “I am willing; be cleansed.”
I had gone so long without feeling the warm touch of another human, I had forgotten how great it was.
Suddenly, I felt a warm sensation throughout my body.
I looked at my hands – the ugly sores and wounds that reminded me of how forsaken I was, were totally gone!
Could this be real? I touched my face and it was smooth again, just like how it was before this terrible nightmare began.
I was crying like a baby. I just couldn’t contain how happy I was. The years of torment were finally over.
When the multitudes caught up with Jesus, I panicked and turned around to run away by instinct.
I almost forgot that I was already healed.
I couldn’t stop thanking Jesus. He had saved my life and restored my humanity back to me.
He told me to show myself to the priest so that I could be confirmed as someone who had been cleansed from leprosy.
That day was surely the best day of my life. Encountering Jesus was an experience I would never forget.
I prayed for God to take my life away, but the Most High restored it to me by sending Jesus to heal me.
Now it’s been a long time since that day, and I am happily reunited with my family.
Abi is as beautiful as ever, just that she had lost a lot of weight because of looking after Joash on her own.
I can never repay her for all the hardship she has endured all these years. I love her so much.
Joash is a strong, intelligent and God-fearing boy.
I’m so thankful to God that I can be here for him and see him grow up.
Another exciting piece of news I want to share is that Abi is expecting again!
If it’s another boy we’re going to call him “Ebenezer” which means “Stone of help”, named after how Jesus restored my life behind a stone that day.
When Ebenezer grows up, I’ll be sure to tell him the story behind his name, just like how I shared it with Abi and Joash.
Jesus died on the cross, everyone in Israel knows about that.
But I believe what the followers of Jesus say: that He is still alive.
I am a believer. I know that He lives!
People can say all they want, that I have lost my mind for believing such an impossible thing.
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
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