01 March 2012

A digusted Jesus heals a leper

What makes Jesus so disgusted he wants to throw up and so mad he starts shaking? The answer has something to do with praying with your feet.



In the story of Jesus healing a leper Jesus wants to throw up. What makes him so disgusted he wants to throw up? Was it the awful way the leper looked or was it something deeper? Later in the story he is raging mad. Is he angry at the leper or the way the leper was treated? Why is Jesus acting out? This sermon from Mark 1:40-45 shows us a Jesus who is disgusted and angry. Listen and hear why he felt that way and what it means for you and me.

The original Greek version of this story shows a much more passionate side of Jesus than is portrayed in the English translation shown here from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible. 
Mark 1:40-45
A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. After sternly warning him he sent him away at once, saying to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” But he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the word, so that Jesus could no longer go into a town openly, but stayed out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
This is a bland rendering of the original text as explained in the sermon above.