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.
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?