Have you ever trusted someone with a secret? This secret was very important to you and needed to be kept, but the one in whom you trusted to keep it, told someone else? Although, it has been said certain secrets are made to be revealed at a later time, one should be trustworthy to “keep it quiet” in regards to the one who trusted them.
Jesus often told His disciples to not let others know about Who He was (Matthew 16:20). He also told those whom He healed to keep it between them, like he said to the leper, “See that you tell no one, but go your way...” (Matthew 8:4). This is known to be the Messianic Secret. Why would Jesus not want anyone to know that He is God’s Son and has the power to heal? First of all, Jesus knew that it was not time for them to know. They were not ready for it. A good example would be Peter. See, the apostles did not understand certain things yet, especially the spiritual things that Jesus had to do, which was to go to Jerusalem to suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, scribes and to be killed and raised the third day. Peter even pulled Jesus to the side to rebuke Him that this should not happen (Matthew 16:21-23). This was one of the reasons as to why they needed to not tell anyone. Second, in the case of the leper, such a miracle being revealed would hinder Christ’s mission and divert public attention from His message. Imagine how many would flock to see Jesus and to be healed? This actually was the case after the leper could not keep quiet. His disobedience of telling others Jesus healed him, caused Jesus to move His ministry away from the city to the desert regions (Mark 1:45). Revealing a secret can have major implications.
Today, we are not to keep the secret, concerning who Jesus is. We are expected by God to share the gospel, to let others know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16-18); that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6); that salvation is found in no other (Acts 4:12). Are you sharing Christ, or keeping Him a secret?