Psalm of the Day: Psalm 52
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 29:16-27
Scripture Reading: Luke 5:12-16
We see in this passage our Lord Jesus Christ's POWER over incurable diseases. "A man full of leprosy" is at once healed. This was a mighty miracle. Of all illnesses which can afflict the body of man, leprosy was the most severe. It affected every part at once. It brought sores and decay upon the skin, corruption into the blood, and rottenness into the bones. In Bible times, it was a living death, which no medicine can check or stop, but one touch from the hand of the Son of God and the cure is effected. "And immediately the leprosy departed from him."
We have in this wonderful history a example of Christ's power to heal our souls. We are all spiritual in the sight of God. Sin is the deadly leprosy by which we are all affected. It has eaten into our vitals. It has infected all our heart, conscience, mind, and will. Such is the state in which we all are born. Our bodies may be healthy and active but our souls are by nature dead in trespasses and sins!
Who shall deliver us from this body of death? Let us thank God that Jesus Christ can! He is that divine Physician, who can make old things pass away, and all things become new. In Him is life. He can wash us thoroughly in His own blood from all the defilement of sin. He can quicken us, and revive us by His own Spirit. He can cleanse our hearts, open the eyes of our understandings, renew our wills, and make us whole!
Let this truth sink down deeply into our hearts. There is only one medicine to heal our sin-sick souls. If we are lost it is not because we no remedy provided. However corrupt our hearts, and however wicked our past lives there is hope for us in the Gospel. There is no case of spiritual leprosy too hard for Christ!
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to run to you and not away from you when I sin.
Action Plan: Why do I run away from God when I sin instead of running to him? Who were the first people in the Bible that did this and what is the solution?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.