While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:12,13 NASB)
This is one of my favorite accounts of Jesus healing. There are simply very small details just in these two verses that shout out Jesus’ love for people. We read about His love in John 3:16, where God loves the whole world. We know at some level that this includes us as individuals, but even so, this love had to do with Jesus dying and rising for the whole world. We suspect that to wonder or want the individual assurance or attention is selfish, but we simply cannot face our loneliness without it. We wonder, and hope, and consider what it would be like; but we stop there, shrinking back from the appearance of self-centered living.