Does anyone else think it is kind of odd that Jesus heals someone and then tells them not to tell others? It doesn’t happen just once…it happens a few times. Jesus does something amazing and heals someone who has suffered for years and in the midst of the excitement and joy they are not supposed to share what Jesus did? Really?
What would be your natural response if Jesus healed you of demon possession…or an illness that there was no cure for? You would run to everyone around and share your story. But…for some reason…Jesus didn’t want them to share the good news with others. At first glance this is beyond strange. We would assume that Jesus would want everyone to know what He was up to…so…in turn…He would want the word spread about.
The reality was that Jesus was all about spreading the word of what He was doing. And…that is why He told people to keep their mouths shut. Jesus came to save the lost…not heal the sick. Sure, He spent some time healing people…but that was not why He came. Jesus came for a very specific reason. He came for the very same reason the Gospel writers wrote what they did.
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in His name. – John 20:30-31
You see…Jesus did not come to heal and do miracles. He came to save our souls. He came to forgive us our sins and redeem a broken relationship between us and God and He wants us to focus on that. The miracles and healings were simply signs of who He was…and is.
We often ponder why Christ doesn’t step in and help us out a little more often when we struggle, when we are sick, and when we are hurting. I can’t help but picture a Christ who stands there looking at us with His hands up saying, “I gave you forgiveness when you did not deserve it…and I offered you eternal life. What else do you want from me?”