Because the man was “full of leprosy,” it had no doubt been years since he had had any physical contact with another human. Some religious leaders went so far as to throw stones at lepers to keep them at a distance! How comforting it must have been once again to feel someone’s touch! Having his leprosy cured was surely all that the man had hoped for. Yet, Jesus’ manner of curing him no doubt helped restore something more—the man’s dignity.