I Will, Be Thou Clean
One of the most illustrious Biblical stories presenting the clear message of salvation to lost mankind is the Cleansing of the Leper, found in Mark’s gospel: “And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean” (1:40). Leprosy in Bible days was a clear picture of man tainted with his sinful dying condition, having no hope; that is if he remained uncleansed. That leper, who was shunned by others had found both hope and cleansing from the One who was looking to that outcast, as the one possessing saving faith that day. The Apostle John tells us, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). No casting out for that leprosy-filled and faith-filled believer that day, for the response of Christ was executed with some powerful words: “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I WILL BE THOU CLEAN” (Mark 1:41). The power of the Word of God changed everything for that leper that day, “and as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed” (v. 42). The Word is executed with the same power in the redemptive cleansing of the true believer: “Being born again, not of corruptible see, but of incorruptible, by the WORD OF GOD, which liveth and abideth forever” (I Peter 1:23). Yes, dear child of God, your salvation is founded upon the power of the One who also heard you call upon him with sincere, heart-felt, repentant faith; His response: “I will, be thou clean.” Those powerful Words bring a powerful new life, being born-again (John 3:3); you’re a new person, a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), with the Spirit of the living God dwelling within (Romans 8:9, 11). The Power of HIS Word brings that powerful new creation.
When “the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” it was then when “God said, let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-2). Yes, your salvation is founded upon the same power of the Word of God. The Word of the Lord in creation was spoken with “let there be light” and HIS Word finds its equal in the creation of new life for the redeemed soul, “let there be life!” The same hand that touched the leper with the accompanying words “I will, be thou clean” is the same hand, now nail-scared that comes with the divine, authoritative words: “Thy sins be forgiven thee” and “go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole” (Mark 2:5, 10:52). Yes, in a moment, as with the believing leper, the repentant sinful man can become the cleansed, saved man: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). You see, it’s the Word of God that shows us who we are by nature in our sinful condition; and it is the same Word that has power to save us and to change us, “that ye might be partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). As the song-writer now gives us the words to sing; “Saved by his power divine, saved to new life sublime. Life now is sweet, and my joy is complete, for I’M SAVED, SAVED, SAVED” (Jack P. Scholfied, 1911). All because, as with the leper without hope: “He loves, He looks, He touches, and we live” (Charles Hadden Spurgeon). If you find yourself in that leprous sinful condition, humbly ask Jesus to save your repentant soul. His response will be, “I WILL , BE THOU CLEAN!” Now, express that joy of being cleansed, show forth that new natured life in him and for him TO OTHERS. Oh, dear child of God, shun the old way, and seek the new: for the Lord tells us: “I have broken the bonds of your yoke, and made you go upright” (Leviticus 26:13). Oh, don’t bring your leprous-sinful life to the fellowship, don’t bring your dying influence to the church; your brothers, sisters, and Pastor alive in Christ don’t want it. Oh, get to Jesus first and ask him for HIS newness in cleansing. Once again, his response to your request for HIM to take care of your contagious, leprous sin, “I WILL, BE THOU CLEAN!”