Isn’t this interesting? The two blind men were ordered not to tell anyone about Jesus, but they ignored that command and instead told everyone. On the other hand, we have been ordered to tell people about Jesus, but most of us ignore that command and tell nobody.
First, let’s consider why Jesus told the blind men to keep quiet. On the face of it, it seems odd. After all, Jesus’ message is called the “Good News,” and a major theme throughout Scripture is the fact that believers are called to share this news with others. So, why did Jesus order the blind men not to talk about how they were healed?
We find a clue in Mark’s gospel, chapter 1, when Jesus healed a leper and then ordered the man not to tell anyone about it. Just like the blind men, the leper ignored Jesus’ command and, as we read in verse 45: “The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere.”
In this case, when word of Jesus’ miraculous healing spread all over the region, it caused such an uproar, Jesus no longer could even enter town and book a room at the local Holiday Inn. He was forced to spend the night sleeping out in the wilderness.
In John’s gospel, chapter 6, Jesus fed thousands of people with a couple of picnic baskets. When the crowd saw this miraculous sign, they got quite excited. Verse 15 says: “Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.”
So, Jesus had to navigate carefully during His ministry, to make sure events did not spiral out of control. This is why he frequently ordered people not to spread the word about His miracles.
But what about us, nowadays? Are we under orders to keep silent about Jesus? (Oh, I bet you we’re hoping that I’d forgotten about this.) For most of us, it sure seems like we’ve taken a vow of silence. But since we live in the Era of Grace — the period of time after the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension — we are commanded to tell the world about the Good News of Jesus.
Of these two groups of people, the blind men and us, I wonder which ones Jesus is more disappointed in? I bet it’s not the blind men.