How quickly would social media explode with videos/tweets/posts etc. if a man was going around healing entire groups of people by his very words? This was the case with Jesus. His miraculous works were becoming fodder for “local rags”… whatever those might be. But Jesus ordered them not to go blabbing about his power. Why? Wasn’t his power a sign of his authority? Wouldn’t it have been good PR?
But Jesus came, not for recognition, but to bring about justice and hope to the world. That’s what the prophet Isaiah declared in Isaiah 42. The servant of the Lord would not be typical. The servant of the Lord would be marked by meekness, humility, and gentleness toward the bruised and broken. He would bring order and justice to a world broken by sin and lawlessness.
But most importantly – he came as God’s obedient servant. Jesus aware of the plot of the Pharisees to destroy him, withdrew from them, but only for a time. Jesus was obediently and humbly going to the cross which his Father set before him. And, “like a sheep before it’s shearers is silent” (Isaiah 53:7), so Jesus would go to that hill outside Jerusalem. Justice for the nations came not through some heavenly PR campaign – but through the ignominy and shame of the cross.
Are you more interested in being approved of and known by man or being obedient to God? -RG