A man with a skin disease approached Jesus, fell to his knees, and begged, "If you want, you can make me clean."
Incensed, Jesus reached out his hand, touched him, and said, "I do want to. Be clean."
Instantly, the skin disease left him, and he was clean.
Sternly, Jesus sent him away,
saying, "Don't say anything to anyone. Instead, go and show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifice for your cleansing that Moses commanded. This will be a testimony to them."
Instead, he went out and started talking freely and spreading the news so that Jesus wasn't able to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, but people came to him from everywhere.