Cleansing of the leper

 4. Cleansing of the leper

Surah Hal-e-Imran 3, 49 d            (Muhsin Khan)

(Isa) "I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that …. I heal… the leper,


In ancient Greek, Hebrew and Arabic, the word leprosy meant all types of skin deceases. Isa’s first miracle of healing a man from leprosy happened in the beginning of his preaching ministry in Galilee, where he grew up. He healed him by touch after the leper begged him on his knees.


Injiil,     Mark 1:39-42-    (NIV)

39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. 40 A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” 41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.


Later on his way to Jerusalem Isa heals ten men with leprosy by simply ordering them to show themselves to the Jewish priests. However, only one of them returned to Isa to thank him.

 Injiil,     Luke 17, 11-17   (NIV)    

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, and show you to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

We see that Isa could heal leprosy, any other sickness and decease of whoever had faith in him as the Messiah. Along he drove out any demon from the possessed and afflicted. He did this out of love and compassion for the people. However it’s definite purpose was a clear sign to the religious Jews waiting for the promised “Messiah”. When his cousin, Prophet Yahiya (John the Baptist) was in prison and full of doubt whether Isa really was the “coming Messiah” he sent his messengers to Isa to get a clear confirmation……a clear sign from the Lord.


Injil,       Luke 7:21-23       (NIV)

21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 23 blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”


Isa pointed to his own miracles, which are a sign to the people of who he really was. Blessed were those Jews who recognized him as the messiah and blessed are those Muslim today, who recognize the sign of Surah 3, 49 to them, which was repeated as Allah’s mercy a 600 years later in history.

Isa not only healed people himself, but called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness, and even raise the death.


Injiil,     Matthew 10:8    (NIV)


Heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

 

His disciples did so powerfully at that time and do it ever since. Today, you will hear stories in the news or you will see both Muslim followers of Isa, as well as Christians doing the same in the Name of Isa Al Masih. Some is simply happening today through healing prayer of faith to Allah in Isa’s name. Other social work has been done here ever since long before Pakistan’s inception through faithful service of volunteers at Christian Mission Hospitals, Mission-Schools and the humanitarian work of many foreigners and nationals. In particular leprosy has been eradicated almost completely in Pakistan.

 

For this obvious reason Isa’s disciples were called “superior” till the day of resurrection in the holy Qur'an:

 

Surah Al Imran 3, 55

……. and I will make those who follow you superior to those who disbelieve till the Day of Resurrection.  Then you will return to me and I will judge between you in matters in which you used to dispute.”


Seven miracles are mentioned in particular in the Holy Qur'an. They all are unique and unheard from any other prophet. They all come with a deeper spiritual meaning for mankind, if we would only understand and believe? Allah loves humanity, wants to bless all people through his son, and forgive everyone’s sin and heal the sick in the name of his spiritual ‘Son’ Isa Al Masih, Kalimatullah.