This man was very ill.
- He was “full” of leprosy. Luke 5:12. This was an extreme case.
- Why was he sick? No clue is given. Had he sinned? Was this a test? The Bible is silent. That fact apparently doesn't need to be known.
- This poor man was rejected and alone. Levitical law required he live outside the camp. His was a miserable life.
He fully believed in Jesus Christ.
- He came to Christ publicly. Nicodemus in contrast met with Christ secretly (John 3), but this man approached Christ openly.
- He worshiped him. Mt. 8:2. This would be a death-penalty crime in Israel, if Christ wasn't the Son of God. He even got down on his face. This was humility.
- He knew Christ could heal him. He didn't know if Christ would heal him, but he was sure Christ had the ability. Christ commended this as true faith.
Christ healed him.
- Christ has authority. Mt. 7:28-29. The same authority He previously showed over teaching (in the sermon on the mount) He now showed over the material world.
- Christ feels compassion. Mk. 1:41. God was compassionate even before the Son of God came (God for example is compassionate to the poor man, Exodus 22:27). But Christ's compassion was also that of a man. The divine nature had never suffered (how could it?), but Christ, being man, had suffered, and so, as man, showed compassion.
- No medical methods. Mt. 8:3. This was performed without medicines or therapies. No psychological tricks were involved. This was not psychosomatic.
- Instantly. Mt. 8:3. The man was made well in a matter of mere moments.
- Even though it made life harder. Mk. 1:45. Christ, due to fame, could no longer stay in the cities.
What you can believe:
- Christ can heal anything. If Christ can raise a dead man, He can cure all other illnesses!
- Belief that He can and could heal you is enough. You don't need to be certain He will. Knowing He can will move a mountain.
- I shouldn’t be doubtful. The problem isn't more powerful than God.
- Christ will decide what He will do. Every healing is a choice. God can't be compelled to do anything.
- He never said he would heal all diseases, of all Christians, at all times.
- Christ’s cross is not a water-faucet. We don't just turn it on and off at will.