Jesus was in one of the towns where there was also a man covered with a skin disease. When he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged, “Lord, if you want, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do want to. Be clean.” Instantly, the skin disease left him. Jesus ordered him not to tell anyone. “Instead,” Jesus said, “go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses instructed. This will be a testimony to them.” News of him spread even more and huge crowds gathered to listen and to be healed from their illnesses. But Jesus would withdraw to deserted places for prayer. (Luke 5:12-16, CEB)
Jesus was not one to keep the rules when it would get him in trouble but he wanted those who were held down to be set free and having this man go and show himself to the priest is what would set him free and allow him to rejoin the community.
Jesus made many clean and liberated them to rejoin the community.
Are we liberating people to be a part of the community?
Loving People. Loving God.