Max Lucado on The Leper

English: Christ cleansing a leper by Jean-Mari...

Christ cleansing a leper by Jean-Marie Melchior Doze, 1864.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More reading matter was dropped off for me today: The Knowledge of the Holy by A W Tozer and Just Like Jesus by Max Lucado. I have started reading the latter. The simple title detracts from a very well thought out book, I feel. I think it is terrific. It was first published in 1987 and some of the language does sound a little dated but there is no denying the man can write. Such a clear read yet moving and galvanising at the same time.

Lucado writes a scenario where he imagines the heartfelt thoughts of the leper that Jesus healed. In other words, he writes the story we don’t get to read in the Bible. Honestly, I was choked! He writes with such insight into what it must have been like to be a leper in New Testament times – yet he doesn’t become mawkish. It is hard for us to envisage just how much of an outcast the leper was. I mean, man, he was feared and reviled much as the AIDS sufferer was in the 1980s, before the advent of drugs to treat HIV. (Not saying that drugs are a cure-all and that the problem is not still extremely significant.)

By coincidence I was listening to Last Word on BBC Radio 4 today.Featured was the recently deceased HIV/AIDS counsellor and co-founder of the London Lighthouse, John Shine. A Google search led me to his website (where there is also an announcement of his death, Very moving.)

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