In today’s Take Five, RZIM Canada’s Alanzo Julian Paul continues exploring the theme of beauty by looking at what happened in the immediate aftermath of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, when he touched an outcast leper and demonstrated his willingness to get involved in the messiness of our lives.
Jesus, God in flesh, rather than staying on the mountain, comes down from the mountain; the unaccessible now becoming accessible.
We need touch. So this text is extraordinarily relevant to our culture and our day, which is experiencing an epidemic of loneliness.
What is so beautiful about our text is not so much that Jesus possesses the power to cleanse, but rather His willingness to get involved in the messiness of our lives.
Make it Personal
Has this pandemic revealed for you the need for physical interaction with others? What does that say about us as humans? About our culture?
How might we demonstrate the love of Christ by getting involved in the “messiness” of life?