JESUS HEALS A LEPER
40And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I WILL; BE CLEAN.”
42And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
43And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
45But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.
While preaching at Galilee, a leper, who obviously had heard of Jesus’s healing powers, believed in Him, and came to Lord Jesus and humbly asked Him to heal him.
He acknowledged Him as Lord, because he spoke to Him not doubting of his miracles but begging Him on his knees to have pity and free him from this bondage of sickness, with the total conviction that Jesus could do it if He wanted.
In his eternal mercy, Jesus said: “I will”, expressing his desire for the leper to stop suffering. Jesus healed him immediately and without effort or magic ritual, simply because He had the power to do it and out of his own desire.
Jesus also touched the man prior to heal him, showing his power over the Law that forbid a man to touch a leper (Lv 13:46), but also to show that He cared for him, and did not rejected him as an undesirable.
Jesus told the healed man, not to spread the news, which indicate that they met in private. This would cause commotion, but nevertheless, Jesus sent the man to offer the Temple offerings prescribed by the Law (Lv 14:4-10), so that the Priests of God could declare him officially ‘clean’.
This would demonstrate the reality of Jesus’s healing as truthful, and therefore become a testimony to these ministers of the Temple.
However, full of joy, the man could not restrain himself, and told every person he met on the way about his healing, so much, that the crowds followed Jesus in great numbers, and his fame grew stronger.