Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 69/260: Read Mark 1

The life of a leper was a lonely life; they lived outside the general population. They were not permitted to rejoin society until a priest declared them clean.

Jesus demonstrated His power over this dreaded disease when He healed lepers. He told the man in this chapter, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

What did the leper do? “He went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter.” He was healed! This was good news! He couldn’t contain himself, but had to tell everyone!

Friends, we have received something much greater than healing from a physical disease. Through the blood of Christ, we have access to God’s grace! We can be healed from spiritual sickness!

Are we as joyful as the leper? Do we show that joy? When we truly understand what Christ has given us, we shouldn’t be able to contain ourselves! Let us spread the good news that Jesus can and will forgive sins!

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Mark 2:17. When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a ___________, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the ___________, but sinners, to ___________.”

Pray

Pray for forgiveness and for joyful boldness to share the good news with your friends and neighbors.

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