41 Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
43 Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: 44 “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” 45 Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.
I mainly avoid 3-point sermons. In this day and time, it is best to do a good job making 1 point, than to stick to your homiletical training and lose your audience in the process of trying to cover 3 points. That being said, 3 things jump out at me from this passage. 3 INCREDIBLE things.
1. Jesus touches a man with leprosy. As a certified germaphobe, the thought terrifies me. For a rabbi in the first century to do so would be considered insane. He would become “unclean.” He would be shunned and avoided. Yet, Jesus cared for this man and healed him. I believe that followers of Christ should live holy lives; holy living does not mean shunning those who are mired in sin.
2. Jesus tells the healed man, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” You read that and cannot understand it. Then if you look at the big picture you realize that it is all about timing. Jesus wanted to do his Father’s work and stay under the radar for a certain time.
3. The man had ZERO shot of keeping the lid on what Jesus had done for him. I believe Jesus knew the man would broadcast it to the entire community. When Jesus blesses you, you want to praise him. You have a need to praise him. Praise on brothers and sisters.