On their journey, Jesus sees a leper sitting by the side of the road. The man is missing some fingers, an ear, and part of his nose. His skin is covered with white patches. He barely looks human anymore. And the smell! The disciples quickly back away, but Jesus comes close to him. Instead of crying out, “Unclean!” as is the law for lepers when they meet someone from ordinary society, the man cries out, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean!” Jesus shows great concern for this man, an outcast who has suffered terribly. He touches the man – a miracle in itself for someone who has not felt a touch from another human being in a very long time. He says, “I am willing. Be clean!” The man jumps to his feet, all trace of his illness gone. He starts to dance around Jesus, thanking Him profusely and celebrating at the same time. Jesus touches him again, saying as He has to so many others, “Don’t tell anyone what happened here. Just go to the temple and offer the sacrifice Moses commanded for your healing to the priests. Tell them only what has happened and let them inspect you.” The man thanks Him again, and runs off towards Jerusalem, already disobeying Jesus as he shouts his miracle to anyone who will listen.
Matthew 8:1-4, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-16