Matthew 8:1-3 NLT – Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside.  Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”  Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
I love this story of the healed leper. It was one of Jesus’ first miracles after His Sermon on the Mount. He taught great truths about the Kingdom of God and then He demonstrated the power and authority of the Kingdom.
In this miracle, Jesus not only healed the man of his leprosy, but he restored his previous life to him. Lepers were outcastes from society. They could not be around people as they made them “unclean” spritually. They could not be with their families, work, go to the Temple or function as a normal member of society.
They were also forced to live outside the cities in leper colinies and if they did come near other people, they would have to yell “unclean, unclean, unclean”, so people knew they could be infected. It was life, but a lonely life that was waiting for death.
I love this miracle. It is one of my favourites. Not only because Jesus healed the leper, but because He restored him to his his old life too.