I Am Willing

[A] leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. – Matthew 8:2, 3.

Leper reaching out to Jesus. Worships Him. Confidently prays, “You can make me clean if You want to, Lord!”

Jesus reaches out to the leper. Touches Him! “I am willing; be cleansed.” Instant healing! The Lord came to the realm of time from the eternal realm because he wanted to seek and save the lost (see Luke 19:10). He knew our weaknesses and our inability to save ourselves.

Jesus has promised, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” – John 6:37.

We need to reach out to Jesus by faith for the cleansing of our sin stains; for removal of the guilt of sin from our minds (consciences) (see 1 Peter 3:21). He is always willing to remove our spots, our stains and make us whole.

Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16.

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. – Acts 2:38.

And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ – Acts 22:16.

“I Am willing!” Comforting words to the believer’s ears. He identified with us [became human, being born of a woman (see Galatians 4:4)] so that He could reach out and touch us! There is more to it!

I am willing to suffer

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. – Hebrews 2:17, 18.

He knows our frailties, having been exposed to temptation (yet without sin). He tasted severe suffering and death on the cross and was resurrected by the Father so that he might destroy the power of death.

I am willing to die

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” – Hebrews 2:14, 15.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” – John 10:17, 18. (see John 15:13).

I am willing to give abundant life

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10.

His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. – 2 Peter 1:3, 4.

Jesus willing partook of the human nature so that we may be partakers of the divine nature!

He was willing to reach out to us; may we be willing to reach out to Him who offers us salvation and eternal life.

But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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