3And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
3 Verse 3. Jesus put forth his hand-I will; be thou clean.] The
most sovereign authority is assumed in this speech of our blessed
Lord-I WILL: there is here no supplication of any power superior
to his own; and the event proved to the fullest conviction, and by
the clearest demonstration, that his authority was absolute, and
his power unlimited. Be thou cleansed, καθαρισθητι; a single word
And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.] What an astonishing
sight! A man whose whole body was covered over with the most
loathsome disease, cleansed from it in a moment of time! Was it
possible for any soul to resist the evidence of this fact? This
action of Christ is a representation of that invisible hand which
makes itself felt by the most insensible heart; of that internal
word which makes itself heard by the most deaf; and of that
supreme will which works every thing according to its own counsel.