When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. (KJV)
Leprosy, in those days, was a horrible disease not only physically but mentally as well. Lepers were considered to have done evil and this was their punishment. The manner in which leprosy came on their body was misconceived as a symptom of sin in their soul.
The Law of Moses has detailed instructions in place (Leviticus 13, Leviticus 14) regarding the proper ways for the leper to guard against interconnecting with others. Most people (and even the priest’s) treated lepers in a horrible manner. But in his grace and mercy, Jesus treated them with love.
Jesus had just finished his Sermon on the Mount and many who heard it were following Him down the mountain. However, Jesus must have gone off alone at some point, when a man with leprosy came to Jesus, worshipping Him.
The leper understood that Jesus was more than just a healing man. He calls out to Jesus saying “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”. By crying out “Lord”, shows that he had knowledge many others were missing.
The leper wanted a healing and KNEW that Jesus COULD heal him but he didn’t know if Jesus was WILLING to heal him. So he asks, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”
Jesus was willing to cure him and because of the man’s faith knowing that Jesus had the Godly power and authority to heal, he was healed.
There is no ceremony, no big pompery. Jesus reaches out saying, “I will – be cleansed” and instantly the leper was completely healed.
Many healing’s throughout Jesus’ ministry happened without Jesus touching the person. In this case, I assume that Jesus specifically touched the leper, showing that he has the authority to go above the laws of Moses. Possibly, the touch was to confirm the man’s belief of exactly who Jesus is and the power he possesses.
Jesus tells the man (no longer a leper) not to tell anyone how he was healed.
However; Jesus did instruct him to go to the priest so that the man could obey the rules of the Mosaic laws (Leviticus 14). This shows that Jesus wanted him to get the blessing of health from the priest’s, so that he could go back into the town and back to his family.
During that time frame, legal steps had to happen in order for the man to receive a public bill of good health or he could not be welcomed back into the fold.
The man needed time to gather the required items for the sacrifices that he must take to the Priest in order to receive a certificate to prove that he was healed.
The following is why I assumed that Jesus must have been alone with the leper at some point, on his way off the mountain. Jesus instructs the man not to tell anyone how he was healed. Jesus was still in his ministry phase and knew this was not the time nor place for people to recognize him as their Messiah.
Jesus wanted the priest’s to hear the man’s own testimony that would give proof to the priest’s that Jesus was indeed the true Messiah.
If the priest’s received the news of the man’s healing from others, before he showed up, the priest’s would have had time to find a reason why they wouldn’t believe him. They might even reject that he had ever been a leper and not given him the certification that he needed in order to receive a public bill of good health.
Thank you that you are always aware of everything going on. You knew this leper inside and out, before you ever came face to face.
You allowed him to know who Jesus really is and you allowed him to come forward, knowing, without doubt that Jesus could heal him and then, through his faith, he was healed.
The leper had obviously already heard of Jesus and his healing’s. Possibly, he may have heard Jesus’ voice drifting down the mountains and he took strength in what he heard. Regardless of how; he KNEW who Jesus was he had no doubt at all that Jesus could heal him.
Before that day, the leper had probably endured the ailment for a very long time and was always trying to think of ways he could rid himself of the disease and the loneliness of not being with his family.
Quite often, when I am in a tough place, I may try to fix the problems myself, when really I should be turning them over to you. Whether I need hope or a blessing, whether healing or forgiveness, whether I need to stop fearing or need to learn love and patience, you are always willing to help me.
And, unlike the leper, who had to wait, hoping for Jesus to come his way, I am blessed to have access to the Holy Spirit and Jesus and you Father, continuously.
Thank you Lord that through this story of the leper, I am once again reminded that love and faith hold an important part in who I am, in how I live and how people may or may not see Jesus’ effect on my life.
I am very blessed to be your daughter and I pray that I always show others how wonderful it is to live for you everyday.
In Jesus’ precious name I pray,