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Jesus Cleanses the Leper Mark 1:40-45 by Francesca Santelli

The story of the man cured of Leprosy by Jesus is a story rooted in to obey, or not to obey the words of Jesus. Because Jesus asked the man, “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.” But the man cured went out to freely testify what had been done to him by Jesus. The miracle that he was cured, caused Jesus to stay out of this town, and in a way, He had to sneak around. The beauty is in the last line where it said, “Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.” This shows the comfort and the trust that the people felt around Jesus. This was a time that He was healing many, calling people to go and sin no more, to change the way of their lives, and devote their lives to living in love and humility. 

Why would Jesus want his disciples not to tell anyone about him? Here was the visible, flesh and blood, miracle-working Jesus walking and preaching all over the country. What better time for his followers to lead people to him and tell them who He was? I see it in the way that Jesus wanted to have these people living at the time to blindly follow and trust in him so that the future of mankind can do the same. There are multiple other reasons we could dive into as to why Jesus would not want to be announced that He is a healer, but let us stay focused on one thing, his love. His love shown through to the leper with no question. Ask, and you shall receive was definitely shown in this particular Gospel. He did not question this man, or ask him if he was deserving of the healing, He simply provided for his people. Jesus is a healer. Run to him with your sorrows and pains and although He may not relieve you as He did the leper, He will touch you in ways that go beyond what you can imagine. 

Francesca Santelli – Junior