Grace to you!
A girl was depressed because nobody liked her and she didn’t like herself either. She wanted to be like somebody else. Why? Because of the way she looked. Are you a victim of social stigmatization because of the way you look, where you come from or for some other reasons? I have good news for you.
You have a friend in Jesus who would hastily reach out to you, compassionately touch you when no one else could. I would show you how he does so by using one of the many examples in the bible. It is his meeting with a leper recorded in Luke 5:12-15.
Jesus was in one of the cities and a leper whose sores were terrible came to him, fell on his faced and begged him saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean”.
I would want you to imagine this scene; and as a way to enrich your experience, consider how lepers were ostracized during the time of Jesus. In addition to the infectious nature of the disease, leprosy was the most awful disease in biblical times for which the Old Testament book of Leviticus chapter 13 prescribes stringent regulations on dealing with a leper.
During the time of Jesus, leprosy was seen as a type of sin; a leper was considered unclean, and therefore must not appear within six feet of any person, including members of his or her immediate family. He had to wear a black garment symbolizing he or she is treated as a dead person, one coming from the dead. Unbelievable that someone was already regarded dead even though he or she was only medically sick. To be in public sphere, the leper must have a bell, ringing as they walk past people, to notify to them their leprosy.
The leper was thoroughly ostracized, banished from the community, and must live outside the walls of the community. The leper was a public stigma, someone considered polluted and whose wounds were seen as incurable save by divine miracle. The leper was the epitome of a person abandoned by family, rejected by friends, banished by the society and considered also abandoned by God. I wouldn’t suppose your situation has reached this extent of rejection, but if it has or you have witnessed some form of it, the good news is that Jesus intervenes.
See what Jesus did. He stretched out his hand, and touched the leper, saying, “I will [make you clean]; be clean” (Luke 5:13). Immediately the man was clean.
I want you to meditate on the actions of Jesus; to the one who was considered untouchable because he was unclean, Jesus stretched out his tender, heavenly hands, touched and healed him. You do not need to second-guess Jesus’ willingness to heal your wounds of sin and shame, to remove your curse. Besides, what society thinks undoable, what you consider irredeemable, that exactly is where Jesus shows he is Lord. He will heal. He will save you. All that Jesus asks of us is a deep desire, a deep hope, and faith in him who could heal and save us. This doesn’t sound like asking too much, does it?
God love you. God bless you.