A man with leprosy approached Jesus, knelt down in front of him, and asked Jesus to heal him.
Jesus touched the man and he was healed. Jesus then told the man, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift that Moses commanded for a proof to them.” (ESV)
Why did Jesus want the man to keep his healing a secret?
- Maybe Jesus didn’t want to take the people’s focus away from the sermon he just finished preaching.
- Maybe Jesus didn’t want the crowd to overreact, start a riot, and demand they all be healed.
- Maybe Jesus wanted to test the man’s willingness to obey.
What do you think? Why did Jesus want the man to keep his healing a secret?