by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #116, CT #203143

Mark 1:40-45

Chapter 1, of the Gospel of Mark, verse 40:
"And a leper came to Him, beseeching Him and falling
on His knees before Him, and saying to Him, 'If You are
willing, You can make me clean.' And moved with compassion,
He stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him,
'I am willing. Be cleansed.'
And immediately the leprosy left him and he was
And he sternly warned him and immediately sent him
away and He said to him. 'See that you say nothing to
one, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your
cleansing what Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.'
But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to
spread the news about, to such an extent that Jesus could
no longer publicly enter a city, but stayed out in unpopu-
lated areas; and they were coming to Him from everywhere."
I have never seen a leper. They tell me that it' s a very unsightly disease.
A few years ago, as far as we knew, there were only 40 cases in the United
States. But a strange thing has been happening. There has been an increase in
the number of people with leprosy in our country. And though it is basically
controllable, there are many places in the world whereas yet, it has not been
In the day of Jesus, leprosy was a very common disease. It would almost be
like our viruses, today. You know, if you don't know what it is, we call it a
virus. And everybody gets one. If you don't get the cold virus, you get the
head virus, the stomach virus, the foot virus, some kind of virus. Everybody
gets a virus and you know what it is but can't always heal them. The same way
there. They knew what leprosy was, but they couldn't heal it. It was
I. A Marked Man
Now, when we pick up this story in the life of Jesus, He has been out
prayin ...

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