The Cleansing Power of Christ

Recently I’ve been wading through Leviticus on my way through the Bible. Honestly I find it difficult to see the material as meaningful in a detailed sense. Overall, I understand and appreciate the concepts of the holiness of God, His desire to communicate with man and His requirement of one way. But each detailed passage can get a bit cumbersome. Still God inspired and preserved His Word for a purpose. Thus, I know that even the minute facts are intended to communicate essential truths about our Holy Creator.

Concurrently, I’ve been reading and studying various aspects of the life of Christ and His teachings. And I must admit again, some of His parables completely mystify me. Again, I can track with the over-all point, but often the details, the audience, the strange twist of events, leave me wondering, “Why would Jesus make that point, by telling this story?” I am no Bible scholar, but I love my Savior and am passionate about knowing Him better, so these questions drive me to a deeper pursuit of understanding.

It shouldn’t surprise me, (but in a way it does), that these two conundrums actually relate rather closely to one another. Jesus was speaking to a Jewish audience who knew the Ancient Scriptures very well, especially the Pharisees, who loved to practice every aspect of the law down to the minutest details.

The other day as I was reading some of the standards for “clean” and “unclean” in Leviticus this powerful connection clicked in my brain shedding new light on a story from Christ’s life that I have read a myriad of times. Leviticus 15:25, 27 says, “If any woman has a flow of blood for many days…she will be unclean as long as she has the flow…whoever touches her will be unclean.” In Luke 8:43-46 we read the story of a woman who had suffered from an unstoppable flow of blood for over a decade. She came up to Jesus in the crowd, but instead of asking Him for healing, she secretively touched His robe, and immediately this touch healed her. When this happened Jesus turned and confronted the crowd asking who touched Him. No wonder she was fearful to come forward. Her uncleanness meant she should not have touched Him for her touch rendered anyone unclean. But when she fell at His feet and told Him why she had touched Him and that she had been healed instantly, Jesus said these precious words, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Instead of her dirtiness rubbing off on him, His cleanliness poured over her and purified her! For 12 years she had been rejected as unclean, unable to worship in the Temple, unable to experience the touch of others. In one instant, Jesus took her uncleanness away.

I am awed by the power of Christ and His precious, personal concern for each of us. What makes us unclean He takes on Himself. Instead of our filth dirtying Him, His purity cleanses us! What an absolute miracle!

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