The hunt was on… frantically searching every toy store around, Howard, the not so present, hard-working father, had promised his wife he would get the fan-favorite toy of the year, Turboman. But, it was Christmas Eve.
At every stop he was met with laughter and teasing because there was no way he could be serious about trying to find THAT gift at a time like this.
Desperate, he turned to a last resort. Santa and his elf, or at least one that was impersonating him at the mall, gave him an inside tip that they knew of a warehouse with a Turboman. Sound sketchy? But the dad, desperate to make up for his mistake, went with the men to the warehouse.
And Santa delivered. Well, sort of. The toy fell apart, the voice was in Spanish, and they wouldn’t take it back. This wasn’t the real deal, just a cheap imitation.
As we continue in our study of Mark, we see a man who is plagued with leprosy seeking the greatest gift he could imagine, healing.
“And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.” (Mark 1:40-44)
This man desperately sought out healing. In his lifetime, I’m sure there had been doctors and healers that had come through but none would be willing to touch the man, and none could have cured this disease.
But Jesus was the real deal. He wasn’t a cheap imitation; He could heal this man… if He was willing.
Do you see the faith in the man that came to Him? He said “If you will, you can”. He already believed Jesus was the Messiah and that He could heal him. He would never have approached him otherwise.
We serve a God who isn’t just some cheap imitation. He is the real deal. Time and time again, He has proven His power and love for us. And we, too, can be healed if we put our trust in Him and ask.
Have you done that? Have you asked Jesus to heal you from your sin? He is willing and He can. Just ask Him.