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20. For Readers of the Qur'an

2) Christ Heals the Lepers

Again, the Qur'an confirms twice the healing of the lepers by the hands of Jesus; first as a testimony of Jesus in the present tense (Sura Al 'Imran 3:49) and then as a confirmation of Allah himself in the past tense (Sura al-Ma'ida 5:110). Both verses complete each other and confirm the fact that Jesus did not fear the infection of leprosy, but overcame it. Leprosy is considered in some countries as a punishment of Allah for hidden sins, so the healing of the lepers can also be considered as the justification of these sinners and the forgiveness of their sins.

In the Gospel, we read more than 8 times about Jesus' healings of lepers: Matthew 8:2-3; 10:8; 11:4-6; Mark 1:40-44; Luke 5:12-16; 7:22-23; 17:12-19 … etc. The reports of the Greek physician Luke are most important, for he, as a physician, had ascertained the efficiency of these healings by the Son of Mary.

Reports from the Gospel, on how Christ Healed the Lepers:

Mark 1:40-42 -- 40 And a leper came to Him, asking Him and falling on his knees before Him, and saying to Him, "If You are willing, You can make me clean." 41 And moved with compassion, He stretched out His hand, and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed." 42 And immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.

Luke 7:22-23 -- 22 And He answered and said to them, "Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them. 23 And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me."

Luke 17:12-19 -- 12 And as He entered a certain village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" 14 And when He saw them, He said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And it came about that as they were going, they were cleansed. 15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine – where are they? 18 Was no one found who turned back to give glory to God, except this foreigner?" 19 And He said to him, "Rise, and go your way; your faith has made you well."

Jesus' mercy on the lepers was the driving power behind the miracles of his authority. The distorted creatures began to shiver and the bondage of sin began to disappear when the Son of Mary approached in his holiness and love. Jesus was the greatest physician and the saving redeemer at all times.

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