Have you ever told someone something that you wanted to be kept between you and them? This was a secret very important to you that 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. For example, he said to a leper, “See that you tell no one, but go your way...” (Mark 8:4). This is known as the Messianic Secret. Jesus used this on His disciples as He performed miracles. 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 of this is Peter. See, the apostles did not understand certain things yet, especially the spiritual things in which Jesus had to do, such as how He was to go to Jerusalem to suffer many things from the elders, chief priests and scribes and 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 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.
God expects us to not keep Jesus a secret (Matthew 28:19). The word “go” here means, “as you are going” make disciples of Christ. We are expected by God to share the good news. However, we need to be wise in doing so. Most people we come into contact with are not ready to be taught about Jesus. There are people who if you bombard them with the spiritual things in which they do not understand, in which they are not ready for, you can lose them. I know, because I have done so. The best way in which we can go about sharing Jesus at first without keeping Him a secret, is to shine Him in the way in which we live. We may be the only Bible others will ever “read.” May it be in such a way that they long to know who this Jesus is.