“…And A Leper Came To Him…”
Matthew 11:28 Christ said “Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest.”Mark 1: 40-42 “And a leper came to Him, begging Him, and falling on his knees to Him, and saying to Him, If You desire, You are able to make me clean. 41 And being moved with pity, reaching out the hand, Jesus touched him, and said to him, I am willing. Be made clean! 42 And He having spoken, instantly the leprosy departed from him, and he was made clean.
Is there any instance in the Bible where the Lord Jesus turned someone away, leaving them empty, when they sought His mercy in their time of need? Many may have turned themselves away but I know of no instance where He said “no” to someone crying out to Him. In light of this, I must conclude that the Lord is willing to mercy, save, and deliver all who come to Him. The question is, who will come? The Lord said in:
John 6:44 “No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day” – .
In Psalm 65:2-5 we read:
“To You silence is praise, O God, in Zion; and to You is a vow paid. 2 To You who hears prayer, all flesh comes. 3 Things of iniquity, our transgressions, are mightier than I; You atone for them. 4 Blessed [is the one] You choose and cause to come near You; he shall dwell in Your courts; we shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. 5 You will answer us in righteousness by awesome things, O God of our salvation; the Confidence of all the ends of the earth and the sea, of [those] afar off.”
The only ones who come are those who have been brought to see their need, their hopelessness, and their natural, filthy state before God; such are the labouring and burdened ones. They are the ones drawn by God the Father unto Christ, the ones He chooses and causes to approach unto the Lord. They will never be cast out. They are God’s people and He delights in mercying them; He delights in saving them and bestowing upon them perfect good. As a result, there is hope for a sinner. If you find yourself beaten down spiritually, utterly sick of your own sin and stupidity, and wanting (needing) to come to the true, biblical Lord and Saviour, then come! Christ declares in Revelation 22:16-17
“I, Jesus, sent My angel to testify these things to you over the assemblies. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright and morning Star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And the one hearing, let him say, Come! And the one thirsting, let him come; and the one desiring, let him take of the water of life freely.”
The invitation to come, to drink, is out there but not everyone is thirsty… not everyone feels their need. But for those of us who do, for those who know they cannot live without that water, we know that it’s not because we were special in and of ourselves; nor because God knew that we would “choose” to come; nor because we first willed it all to be so, but because God Himself worked in us BOTH to will, and to do, of His good pleasure – Philippians 2:13. We owe everything to God the Father, through Christ, by the Holy Spirit. We owe everything to His good and sovereign will, purpose, and pleasure — all of which come together beautifully in:
Ephesians 1:3-11 “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies with Christ, 4 even as HE ELECTED US IN HIM before the foundation of the world, for us to be holy and without blemish before Him in love, 5 PREDESTINATING US to adoption through Jesus Christ to Himself, ACCORDING TO THE *GOOD PLEASURE* OF HIS WILL, 6 to the praise of the glory of HIS GRACE in which HE FAVOURED US in the One having been loved, 7 in whom we have REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOODS, the remission of deviations [forgiveness of sins], according to the riches of HIS GRACE. 8 which He caused to abound toward us in all wisdom and understanding, 9 making known to us the mystery of HIS WILL, ACCORDING TO HIS GOOD PLEASURE which He purposed in Himself, 10 for the administration of the fullness of the times to head up all things in Christ, both the things in the heavens, and the things on earth, in Him, 11 in whom WE ALSO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN to an inheritance, BEING PREDESTINATED according to the purpose of the One working all things according to the counsel of HIS OWN WILL. 12 for us to be to the praise of His glory, the ones who had previously trusted in Christ; 13 in whom also you, hearing THE WORD OF TRUTH, THE GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION, in whom also believing you were SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE, 14 who is an earnest of our inheritance, to the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Indeed, to God alone be the glory, forever and ever.