Jesus Cleanses a Leper

When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”

3 Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” ~ Matthew 8:1-4.

As we shall see, Jesus heals the unclean leper (verses 1 to 4), the centurion’s servant (verses 5 to 13), Peter’s mother-in-law (verses 14 and 15) and demon-possessed and sick people (verses 16 and 17). He meets the needs of many different types of people, irrespective of their background, social standing, gender, or age.

“leper” (v.2). — A variety of skin diseases are referred to by the Greek word used here, probably not Hansen’s disease (modern “leprosy”). Touching a leper made one ceremonially unclean (cf. Lev. 15:7), but in this case the leper is healed and becomes clean rather than Jesus becoming ritually defiled.

“tell no one” (v.4). — The command to the leper to be silent was to prevent miracle seekers from hindering Jesus’ main mission (Mark 1:45). By showing himself to the priest, the leper would fulfill the requirements of the Law and be able to rejoin Jewish society (Lev. 14:1–32).

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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