Hallelujah, What a Savior
James Edwards writes, “ An adverse irony results. Jesus has relieved the leper of his burden, but in broadcasting the news the leper imposes a burden on Jesus...Mark began this story with Jesus on the inside and the leper on the outside. At the end of the story, Jesus is “outside in lonely places” Jesus and the leper have traded places.” (Pillar Commentary, The Gospel of Mark, p.72)
This won’t be the last time Jesus will trade places with someone on the outside of the community of faith, who is cut off and unable to enter into worship. To cleanse our stain of sin and the impurity that makes us unable to step into God’s presence, Jesus trades places with us. He bears the burden for our sins, he takes our sins upon himself and gives to us his righteousness on the cross and ultimately shows his authority by raising from the dead. Hallelujah, What a Savior!