“And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean’” (Matthew 8:2)
Fingers curled, skin dried and cracked; reverently, humbly, politely; this unwanted castaway came to Jesus. This one, and others among the down and out, even sinners, came to him in their brokenness; in the hope of relief, redemption, and a brighter tomorrow. In contrast, the up and in, the wealthy, the affluent, the self-righteous, those with seemingly no needs, approached him to offer reminders of their traditions, preferences, and religious pedigree, in the hope of preserving their past and present state. How do you draw near to him?