Show Yourself to the Priest
When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
Now, obviously I believe this passage of scripture is referring to a literal man who was literally cleansed of leprosy. However, we also know that the word of God uses leprosy symbolically for sin as well. So, if we use this scripture in such a manner to describe the man being cleansed of his sin, Jesus also instructed him to present himself to the priest as it was required under Mosaic Law (Leviticus 14:4-32). When a man cleansed of leprosy presented himself to the priest there were many things that were to happen from that point forward (sacrifice a bird, anoint the cleansed man, etc.)
Jesus is our High Priest under the New Covenant, and He is the one who will cleanse us from leprosy (sin). It is by His sacrifice and His blood that we are cleansed of our unrighteousness. That being said, there is also the matter of anointing the cleansed man.
My question . . .
Should the man that needs to be cleansed of his leprosy (sin) present himself to the priesthood to be anointed as a declaration of his cleansing by faith? In a way like what James 5 describes when the sick present themselves to the elders of the church . . .
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
"What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."
-- Dr. Neil T. Anderson