5.9 Healed a Leper

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Feb 21 5.9 In one city, a leper came on his knees and begged him, “If you are willing, you can1 cleanse me.” Compassionately, Jesus touched him, saying, “Im willing. Be clean.” Instantly, the leprosy was cured. Jesus dismissed him, saying, “Dont publicize this. Instead, show yourself to the priest and make the offering as Moses commanded, for a testimony.” But he went spreading the news2 so freely, that Jesus could no longer enter a town openly. Jesus stayed in the countryside, yet people came to him from everywhere to hear him and be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to the desert and prayed.3