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Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus the pandemic has quickly spread to many places. In order to prevent large-scale infections, many quarantine measures have been announced. Many countries have closed their national borders, sealed off cities, and quarantined sick or suspected persons. Even family members and friends have to maintain social distance.
In ancient times, leprosy was a terrible infectious disease. Those who were infected had bad rashes and sometimes severe facial deformities. When a person got leprosy, he was discriminated against and isolated by society.
One day a leper came to Jesus. He worshiped Him and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can cleanse me.” Jesus held out His hand, touched the leper, and said, “I am willing; be cleansed!” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed (Matthew 8:2-3).
Nobody dared to approach the leper, who was regarded by everyone as an impure person who must be separated from society. However, the Lord Jesus was willing to approach him and even reached out to touch him.
The Lord Jesus was not afraid of the disease. Although Jesus only needed to speak to heal the leper, nevertheless He touched him. What consolation for this leper who suffered from pain, was isolated, and desperate from panic!
Dear friend, God is merciful and compassionate. Even if fear of infection and isolation arises again today, please remember:
Jesus Christ can and wants to come to you. He is ready to shake your hand. He loves you and gave His life for you. As soon as you come to the Lord Jesus, believe into Him and receive Him, you will have His eternal life. This life connects you with Him forever. Nothing can separate you from Him because He loves you with eternal love.
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