Jesus healed many who had different kinds of sicknesses, and he forced many demons to leave people. But he would not allow the demons to speak, because they knew who he was.
Early the next morning, while it was still dark, Jesus woke and left the house. He went to a lonely place, where he prayed.
Simon and his friends went to look for Jesus.
When they found him, they said, "Everyone is looking for you!"
Jesus answered, "We should go to other towns around here so I can preach there too. That is the reason I came."
So he went everywhere in Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and forcing out demons.
A man with a skin disease came to Jesus. He fell to his knees and begged Jesus, "You can heal me if you will."
Jesus felt sorry for the man, so he reached out his hand and touched him and said, "I will. Be healed!"
Immediately the disease left the man, and he was healed.
Jesus told the man to go away at once, but he warned him strongly,
"Don't tell anyone about this. But go and show yourself to the priest. And offer the gift Moses commanded for people who are made well. This will show the people what I have done."