The First Messianic Miracle Performed
With all of this information in mind, we can now go to Luke's account (-14) of the first leper being healed and begin to sense the significance of this monumental event. As a physician, Luke includes an interesting detail in his account. He said that the leper was a man "full of leprosy." In Greek, this implied that his affliction was so far advanced that he was near death. This healing made a very dramatic statement.
The leper recognized the Savior's authority and had faith in him when he sought out Jesus saying, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Then Jesus touched the leper saying, "I will; be thou clean." and immediately the leprosy departed from the man. In verse 14 we are told what happened next.
"And he [Jesus] charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them."
By saying "tell no man," Jesus was not telling the man to keep his healing a secret; but that first it needed to be reported to the proper authorities. He meant, "Don't linger and discuss your healing with the masses."
By the phrase for a testimony unto them Christ meant the leadership at the
Unfortunately, even after this miracle and several others- which again, according to their own Rabbinic rules could only be performed by the Messiah, the leadership of
If I had not come and spoken [to] them, they [they would not be guilty of] sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man [ever] did, they [would not be counted guilty]: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
Tomorrow...the best way to annoy false leadership.