14.01.2010 WITNESS

 Then he said to him, "See that you tell no one anything, but go, 

show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
 that will be proof for them." Mk 1,44
It is interesting that Jesus asked the man not to tell anyone
but asked him to offer sacrifices as a witness(=proof).
For whom is the witness?
Who are they?
The witness seems to be only for the priests.
Why so?
Is it because the priests are unbelieving?
Or do they need more convincing then others?
Only the unbelieving need witnesses and proofs.
For, Jesus asked the man not to speak openly to the people.
But we know that the witness is to say that he is clean and healthy.
The witness is more for his wholeness than a proof for someone.
He (the healed person) is called to be witness in a sense a disciple.
For a disciple is the who bears witness.
Bearing witness in its turn means to die for.
Die for Jesus.
Could we say that Jesus asked not to speak about him (Jesus)
but rather die for him.
Again it is interesting that Jesus healed him to die for him.
Not immediately (die) but living his life.
That is, his daily living should show that Jesus has 
healed him.
So the healed person is asked not to go about talking about it
rather he is asked to bear witness life long until his death.
He stands as a witness that God has worked in him