Jesus Didn’t Practice Social Distancing

In biblical times, a strict social distancing was practiced—with people who had leprosy. They had to stay away from everybody else.

A few weeks ago, most of us had never heard the phrase, “social distancing”. Now it has become a staple in many conversations.

But it’s not a new concept.

In biblical times, a strict social distancing was practiced—with people who had leprosy. They had to stay away from everybody else. If someone approached them, they had to yell out, “Unclean, unclean.”  People were deathly afraid of having any contact with them.

Everybody except Jesus.

We read:

“And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

Matthew 8:2-3

Did you catch the fact that Jesus touched him? Nobody did that! Jesus might have been the first person who had touched him in years.

This, however, was nothing compared to the fact that Jesus came and lived in a world full of people with the leprosy of sin. Sin is much more dangerous and much more repulsive than physical leprosy. But that didn’t stop Jesus. He didn’t just come to visit us either. He came to live in the leper colony we call earth.

He didn’t stop there.

Not only did he live among us, he took our leprosy of sin on himself. Scripture says he became sin for us. Why would he do this? He did this because it was the only way we could be saved.

He had to do it because we couldn’t cure ourselves. We were more helpless than the person with the worst case of COVID-19. In fact, Scripture says we were spiritually dead. Dead people can’t do anything.

So, Jesus did everything for us.

He took our spiritual leprosy, suffered horribly for it, then died. But then he rose from the dead! His glorious resurrection on Easter morning is dramatic proof that he overcame sin. Sin did not overcome him.

Believe this. Believe that Jesus has paid for all your sins. Then, thank him. Thank him by being confident that, because of Jesus, God is well-pleased with you. Thank him by being confident that, because of Jesus, you will live eternally with God in tremendous glory.

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