The Messianic Secret
These verses from Mark are sometimes referred to as the Messianic secret and are those times when Jesus requested that people (or demons) didn’t reveal his identity. There are many theories as to why Jesus did this. My feeling is that Jesus didn’t want to just be a miracle worker. Unfortunately, miracles don’t always lead to faith. The Israelites saw many astounding miracles but also showed a decided lack of faith.
Jesus was looking for faith, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). When we see or hear of miracles, let it build our faith in God and not become a distraction from God’s real purpose.
“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” Mark 1:24-25
He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Mark 1:34
“See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Mark 1:44
But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him. Mark 3:12
He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. Mark 5:43
Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. Mark 7:36
Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” Mark 8:26
Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. Mark 8:30
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. Mark 9:9