“But go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift Moses commanded ...” (Matthew 8:1-4)

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him,“ See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” (Matthew 8:1-4)

What is the 'gift that Moses commanded'?

What was this gift Jesus wanted the man to offer? And why would something Moses commanded be considered a gift?

"The gift Moses commanded" would be none other than making an offering to the Supreme Being through the priest:
They are to bring it to the priest, who shall take a handful of it as a memorial portion and burn it on the altar on top of the food offerings presented to the LORD. It is a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for them for any of these sins they have committed, and they will be forgiven. The rest of the offering will belong to the priest, as in the case of the grain offering.’ ” (Lev. 5:12-13)
Making an offering is also an exercise of connecting with the Supreme Being in the mood of that instruction emphasized by Moses multiple times:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deut. 6:4)
Making an offering to God with love and devotion is unlike making an offering to someone we want to have a relationship with. It is the extending of ourselves with love and friendship. When we make an offering to someone, we are saying that we want to have a relationship with them. We like them and want to be with them.

Offering to the Supreme Being is not so different. It is an ancient practice, yet we know from Jesus' statement, that he maintained and suggested this practice to his followers.

And why did Jesus instruct the man not to tell anyone? Remember Jesus' statement:
"When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." (Matthew 6:5-6)

Why did Jesus ask him not to tell anyone?

This confirms that Jesus was not interested in public appearance. He was not interested in claiming many followers or impressing crowds with his authority. He simply wanted to personally please the Supreme Being, and wanted each of us to re-develop our loving relationship with the Supreme Being.

In other words, Jesus did not want to bring attention to the man's healing. He had just left a crowd of people who "were amazed at his teaching" and he didn't want to attract further throngs of people wanting to be healed.

Why not? Why wouldn't Jesus want to heal everyone?

This indicates that Jesus' mission was not to be a doctor. His objective wasn't to heal everyone's physical body. His mission was to teach people about the Supreme Being.

Jesus wanted us to reconnect with the Supreme Being.

But wasn't Jesus God?

The scriptures indicate otherwise. They indicate that Jesus taught about God but he wasn't himself God. Matthew, for example, indicates that Jesus spoke with authority, but that authority was given to him by God.
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. (Matt. 7:28-29)
What kind of authority is this referring to? Consider that “teachers of the law” is describing those institutional teachers of the temple institution at that time. This statement in Matthew describes that Jesus had greater authority than these “teachers of the law.”

This is describing the authority of God. Jesus was the messenger and representative of God. Some sectarians who claim to follow Jesus will criticize this statement, thinking that somehow being empowered by God and given authority by God denigrates Jesus’ position.

But they must be asked: What higher authority could Jesus possibly have, if not the authority of the Supreme Being? Could there be any higher source of authority?

Who was Jesus submitting to?

Some sectarian teachers who claim to follow Jesus teach that Jesus was the Supreme Being, coming embodied onto the earth to die for our sins. This is a ludicrous proposal because, first of all, the Supreme Being never dies.

The Supreme Being controls both the physical and the spiritual kingdoms, and the Supreme Being does not need to "die" to cleanse our sins.

The Supreme Being already has the ability to cleanse our sins. This is why Jesus recommended in his Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13) that we ask the Supreme Being to forgive our sins.

God has the authority and power to cleanse our sins immediately and effectively, just by willing it. In fact, by simply sincerely thinking of Him, praying to Him and praising Him, we can become purified. This is because God is pure, and we simply have to come into contact with Him to become purified.

Jesus' teachings indicate that God remains God. He does not become affected by or subjected to the sins of others. Nor does He succumb to sacrifice. The Supreme Being is the controller of the universe. He is not subject to any rules of sacrifice.

Likewise, because Jesus is the servant, messenger and representative of the Supreme Being, his direct presence, his words, and his touch can be purifying. Because Jesus’ thoughts and his entire life was centered around doing God’s will, he is pure, and those who came into contact with him became purified. It is for this reason that Jesus was able to cleanse people and heal people. It was not Jesus’ power or authority that rendered this ability: It was his devotion to the Supreme Being that gave him this purification power.