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There are numerous instances in the gospels of Jesus healing someone, and then Jesus in some form or another instructing them to keep silent about it. One example, in Matthew 9:27-31

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. (emphasis mine)

Why did Jesus not want them to proclaim their healing? It doesn't make sense to me, as anyone who was healed of a lifelong malady would naturally want to tell all their friends & family. Was this just him making a point about how silly it would be not to share what God has done for us (e.g. the gospel) with others? Or is it something else?

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I saw that one, but it seems to be a different track. Maybe the reason is actually the question - that he didn't want people to know he was the Messiah? –  SSumner Mar 7 '13 at 15:58

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When reading the gospels there seems to be two or three main problems Jesus always encountered in terms of ministry and politics. The most deadly was the jealousy and hatred of the religious leaders. Jesus often had to move away from any opportunity where they might be overly aroused and have easy access in apprehending him (Luke 20:20) Jesus seemed to manage the timing of his arrest. The second was crowd control (Matth 8:18). As more and more flocked to Jesus the crowds became too large to effectively minister to them so he had to move away to less crowded areas and even leave to a new region to avoid crowds. The third problem is less obvious but quite clear in Jewish history, that of the zealots who wanted a Messiah to lead them in war against roman rule.

All three of these concerns might be involved in Jesus wanting to limit his fame depending on the situation , where the religious leaders and their 'spies' were, how big the crowd was and how the zealots might have used his fame for their own agenda.

Of course there is no way of hiding a miraculous healing to those who knew the man. To those who would know he was healed he would have to explain what happened. He was not asked to 'hide' his healing, just refrain from telling people who would not already know. Jesus seems to simply want to avoid sensationalism and some political hazards. He did not want the man to broadcast his exciting experience, until perhaps much later on. Jesus managed the political landscape on which he was drawing more and more attention from crowds of people with differing motives of interest.

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Good answer, but the problem I have is that he specifically says "so that no one knows about this". Why would he not want friends and family to know? –  SSumner Mar 8 '13 at 22:26
@SSumner - They would not be able to hide their healing from his family or any that knew them. I think 'no one' means do not publish it to anybody who would not already obviously know. I.e. do not be a news-station broad cast because I am trying to avoid the sensationalism and politics of my miracles. –  Mike Mar 9 '13 at 2:35
if you'd add that comment to your answer in another paragraph, I'll accept –  SSumner Mar 26 '13 at 16:21
@SSumner - added a bit –  Mike Mar 26 '13 at 23:55

I always thought that this was attributable to His approach to Kings in general. Earthly kings want credit for the work that they do; it's how they maintain power. Jesus' kingdom is heaven, therefore the standard rules of earth-bound kings do not apply. Approaching the question from a faith-perspective, it really makes sense to me that Jesus wouldn't go around granting favors to and then asking them to remember who it was that did "x" for you when the Pharisees came around. Earth-bound kingdoms are by definition transitory; taking credit for His good works would have put him in the same class as the Caesars of Rome. Instead, Christ opts for a revolution from below approach. I think that had Christ performed miracles then went around bragging about it, the faith would have died shortly after The ascension.

Also, it's entirely consistent with what he preached. How would it have been if he said "stay humble, the last will be first" and then go out and make a spectacle of himself?

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While I agree mostly with what you said, Christ would not have been bragging had he proclaimed his glory openly. It was not in his purpose to do so at that time, but there would have been nothing sinful or wrong in doing so, since all glory is due to him –  SSumner Mar 27 '13 at 4:17
I didn't say that Christ would be bragging; in fact, I said just the opposite! –  jdb1a1 Mar 27 '13 at 11:27
Okay, well I don't think that the faith would have necessarily died out had he proclaimed it. –  SSumner Mar 27 '13 at 14:27

I personaly, think Jesus healing the sick,was His grace upon man,but when He sternly said Not to Tell no one It because the timing wasnt right Jesus was making slowly a way towards the crusfixtion in order for things to go towards Gods plan ,the miracles healings on Sabbath day Jesus giving the pharasees chance so that they may understand , mercy afer mercy yet His own didn't they were to into the flesh.

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Welcome to C.Se. This answer could be improved by fixing the grammar and quoting others more. –  Affable Geek Jul 28 '13 at 20:59
See How we are different from other sites. Opinion-based answers aren't considered acceptable answers. Perhaps you could improve this to point to a group/teaching that teaches this and cite supporting references. –  David Stratton Jul 29 '13 at 0:11

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