The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. Jesus remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.
Jesus never strove for “superstar” status. He didn’t seek the spotlight. He never did anything to call attention to Himself or to show off. In today’s scripture passage…Jesus sternly told the man he had just cured of leprosy not to tell anyone…but the man did the opposite. Jesus knew that everyone would focus on His incredible miracles but miss the point. He wanted to return this man to his community which had cast him out as being “unclean.” Jesus was really about restoring this man and all people to wholeness through acts of love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion. This is what the kingdom of God is about! Jesus wanted to be a servant…not a superstar. The world’s philosophy for happiness is self-centered. It is to strive for fame and fortune…which actually leads to inner emptiness. A Christian philosophy for happiness is “all-inclusive.” Being a Christian means to personally detach from (not denounce) the enticement of prestige and riches while reaching out to others in service. This leads to inner fullness and becoming your true self. Which path will you choose?
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