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12 February 2012

Sermon: Epiphany 6 (Gospel)

12 February AD 2012

Sermon Theme: If?

Summary: A leper came to Jesus and said, “If you will, You can make me clean.” That was exactly what Jesus willed and He immediately healed the man.

The leper prayed conditionally but Jesus healed unconditionally. He certainly came to take away sins but He also came to remove the damage that being born into sin and living in a sin-broken world inflicts upon us.

The Man of Sorrows “has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. (Isaiah 53:4)” Although He never sinned, He became known to His Father as the chief of sinners, the worst liar, murderer, and adulterer the world has ever known.

He may not have suffered every physical, emotional, or mental ailment in His life. However, Jesus knew pain and suffering of body, mind, and spirit in His Passion. He suffered as one paralyzed (by the nails), blinded (by His own blood and sweat), mute (as His Father refused his cries for mercy). He even knew what is was like to be a leper with skin falling away from His body from the Roman scourging.

All of these things He suffered and knew intimately that we might not suffer the eternal consequences of our sins but rather “with his wounds [be] healed. (53:5)”

LeperText: A leper came to [Jesus], imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”

But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
Mark 1:40-45

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of If?, preached at late service to the saints of God at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 30; 2 Kings 5:1-14; 1 Corinthians 10:(19-30) 31-11:1

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