7. Willingness of Christ.
"I am willing", he said."Be clean!"(Mark 1:41) When the man with leprosy came and fell on his knees before Jesus, he didn't doubt the ability of Christ but the willingness of Christ to heal him. 'Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man', instead of just speaking a word over him, so as to physically assure him of his willingness. Yet Jesus rebuked those who doubted God's ability, for a man whose son was possessed by an evil spirit came to him and said, "If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us." "'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mark 9:22-23) We might not doubt the ability of God but we are often not sure of his willingness. 'Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.'(Hebrews 11:1-2) Like them, let's be assured of His willingness and our faith be found complete. Amen.