Another Healing

While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.

Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 5:12-16

Once again Jesus heals someone, this time He heals a leper. Of note in this account is the fact that the man showed tremendous faith when he met Jesus; notice he showed no doubts about whether or not Jesus could heal him. Note also that Jesus healed the man by touching him, a rather big “no-no” for to touch a leper would make you unclean.

Jesus didn’t seem to care about that. Yet He did care that the man present himself to the priests so that they could perform the necessary rites to make him clean in the eyes of the Law… but he wasn’t to mention Jesus.

Naturally the word got out and Jesus’ fame spread even further.

With His fame spreading, we might note that Jesus didn’t call a press conference or hold a rally. Instead He went into seclusion to pray. That speaks volumes, don’t you think?


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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9 Responses to Another Healing

  1. I think it’s worth noting that seclusion was a requirement of the law of the Jews. Until Jesus could be shown leprosy free after the quarantine period he could not be let back into society.

    • Perhaps – since Jesus always kept the Law. Jesus’ habits of the quiet times with the Father are those things mostly stressed by teachers when dealing with passages like these. With more mature congregations it is possible to mention the requirements of levitical medical practice and balance this against what Jesus did during the period of seclusion.

      • I was thinking of this in regards to the passage related in Mark 1:40-45. I think the going into secluded places was not so much for prayer here but out of necessity because the towns were required to bar him from entrance for seven days. the passage in Luke 5 refers to him going out into the wilderness by himself to pray and I wonder if that was not to make the most of his time.

  2. pipermac5 says:

    Jesus never was concerned that someone’s “uncleanness” might rub-off on Him. He just did the gracious and loving thing they needed for them.

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  4. Jesus touches the ones society never would. Amazing.

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