He warned them not to tell others about him...
This summer, we'll seek to understand Jesus' life and teachings by reading through the gospel of Matthew, complementing the teaching team's focus in their “Jesus Said” series. One of the most profound truths of Christianity is that Jesus was and is God. In order to know God, we can look at Jesus, for, as Paul wrote in Colossians, Jesus is "the image of the invisible God."
Read Matthew 12:15-21
Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. He warned them not to tell others about him. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
"Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
In his name the nations will put their hope."
How does Matthew's quotation of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah relate to Jesus' desire for people not to tell others about the healings he accomplished? Why do you think Jesus was so reluctant to have his ministry publicized in this way?
Consider how Jesus' own avoidance of the spotlight might apply to the work we do in his name today. Ask God to help you not only do good works but also to do them for the right reasons.