show, but don’t tell

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Luke 5:12-16

Luk 5:12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came to him who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed down with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.”
Luk 5:13 So he stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I want to. Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
Luk 5:14 Then he ordered the man to tell no one, but instructed him, “Go and show yourself to a priest, and bring the offering for your cleansing, as Moses instructed, as a testimony to them.”
Luk 5:15 But the news about him spread even more, and large crowds were gathering together to hear him and to be healed of whatever was wrong with them.
Luk 5:16 Yet Jesus himself frequently withdrew to the desert and prayed.

show, but don’t tell

Jesus’ policy of show, but don’t tell was probably the thing about him that most confused his followers. But he knew that unwanted publicity would work against his other agenda. He came not to just heal and deliver a few, but to be the saviour of all believers. He had the cross in mind, so he spent a lot of down time preparing for that. He didn’t look for any and every opportunity to promote his ministry because he had another objective in mind.

LORD, thank you for bringing deliverance to all of us.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at -- !
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