Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.
Jesus sent him out with a strong warning, “See that you do not tell this to anyone.”
Why?! Why not tell anyone?! Hey! Knowing from experience, if that was me, I’d tell the world!
Facebook update status: JESUS HEALED ME!
Text message to the world: are you sick? Look what he did for me!
News report: Let me share my story: Sick. Healed. Jesus.
WHY NOT TELL?
This is not the only verse where Jesus heals someone and then warns them to keep it a secret. It used to really get to me. And then I lived. I learned. I suffered. I matured. Sat under some good teaching. Had cancer and realized, “This life is so fleeting.”
HE IS BIGGER! He is more than the here and now! He heals more than this physical body! Like a father, he looked on them and had compassion, he healed them but in their excitement they could not see that he was healing more than their bodies.
To my live news broadcast, Jesus would respond, “I told you not to tell anyone because you don’t get it! I did not come to heal bodies. I did not come to be king and ruler of this earth. I still had a lot to show you. I would suffer. I would die. Not what you were expecting? Huh? But watch. I’m going to do something even bigger than that! I want to heal your soul. Not just the now, the eternity.”
Jesus is not the quick fix. “Take up your cross and follow me.” And that is when the masses say, “oh never mind” and walk away.
Then he performs a miracle, he tells the woman that had suffered for so many years, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
Do you think she never suffered again on this earth? She did. She was a human living on this earth. It happens daily. But she got it. When Jesus healed her body, he healed her soul. That is what matters! You know she saw every single day that her suffering actually led her to Jesus! If she had not suffered all those years, she would not have been determined to just touch the hem of his garment.
I want to suffer and let it lead me to Jesus, to the greatest healing of all!
I want to learn from my mistakes and change. I want to suffer and learn, get the big picture, not live for the now. I want to have eternal healing, not just of my body, but of my soul. I have decided to follow Jesus, I will take up my cross and follow him.