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5th June 2021

Feeling isolated?

How would it feel to have to tell people not to come close? To tell people you were unclean? To have to leave your family and not be allowed to be close to them or see them?

In the Bible we read of people who are called lepers, they are pronounced unclean and have to leave their family and typically would have to remain isolated and alone until their leprosy kills them. How sad to have a disease that has no cure.

If you were diagnosed with leprosy you would feel really helpless and hopeless and alone.

In the Bible in Luke ch 17 we read of ten lepers, all condemned to death with their incurable disease, but then they hear that the Lord Jesus, (God’s Son) was passing through where they stayed on the outskirts of the village. They cried to Jesus; “Master have mercy on us.” Jesus responded by telling them that he had cleansed them and to show themselves to the priest. In faith they went to the priest realising on the way that they had been miraculously healed.

We then read, that only one of the ten returned to say Thank You. Could you imagine being isolated with a death sentence upon you, being healed and not saying Thank You.

The Bible tells us that our sins, (the wrong things we do, say or think) have isolated us from God, and more than this we have a death sentence upon us.

“The wages (result) of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans ch 6 v 23)

Did you realise that Jesus came into this world for you? Jesus came into this world to deal with our death sentence. Just like he healed the lepers he is ready, willing and able to cleanse you from your sin. Dying on the cross at Calvary, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins so God can forgive you “cleanse you from all unrighteousness” (1 John ch 1 v 7)

We read “for by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God” (Ephesians ch 2 v 8)

The healing from leprosy was a gift from God through the Lord Jesus, similarly we can know the gift from God of Salvation, or being rescued from the consequence of our sins, if we believe that Jesus died for us. Have we ever Thanked the Lord Jesus for dying for us?

It would be such a shame to know that we can have a relationship restored with our creator God through faith and trust in Jesus, but to ignore it and face God’s judgement (death sentence) in a coming day. We might be feeling alone in this world, but there is no need to be alone for eternity.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John ch 3 v 16)

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