Matthew 9: 27-31 blind men see
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”“Yes, Lord,” they replied.29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
So why doesn’t Jesus who just rose a girl from the dead and stories are being spread fast not want the two men who were blind but now can see to say anything? Whenever Jesus, mostly in Mark but a few times in the other Gospels, says “don’t tell” I am brought back to why? Is it that in this passage he wanted to just heal people in crowds and when he healed individuals he didn’t want everyone to know that he was available 24/7? It is that by telling them not to tell he knew word would spread? Is this just good boundaries or reverse psychology?
Either way there is a lesson for us. Jesus tells them not to say anything and yet the great news was too much for them not to share! They shared anyway and thankfully they did. We wouldn’t be Christians; heck we wouldn’t even know Christ if others hadn’t spread the news. If his disciples hadn’t gone out after his death and if all those who believed had not share the story of how Jesus truly was their Redeemer. It was through personal testimony that the early church thrived. Let us focus on personal testimony today: what is one or two things in your life that you know happened or changed because of God?