JESUS ANONYMOUS


Matthew 12:
15Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, 16warning them not to tell who he was.


Jesus did not stay where His life was at stake.  With the Pharisees plotting to kill Him, he moved on to another place.  There would be only one hill to die on, and that would be Calvary.  Until the right time came, he preserved His life.  No-one would take his life prematurely.  He would wait for the right time to give it up. 

He came for the lost and they found Him.  He was not looking for a political kingdom based on force and fear.  His mission was a healing journey.  This was an important reason to conceal His identity as the Son of God.    People would be all too eager to embrace Him as a rebel king to overthrow Rome.  That was the popular idea of what the Messiah would be.

Matthew saw Jesus anonymous approach as a fulfillment of prophecy[i]. 

Matthew 12:
17This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
 18"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. 

Ancient kings had a custom of leaning on the arm of their favourite and most trusted servant.  If we say that someone is our ‘right hand man’ it has a similar connotation.  Several scriptures talk about Jesus being seated at the right hand of the Father. 

Isaiah’s prophesied that the Messiah would be God’s right hand man; chosen, loved and trusted by the Father.  Holy Spirit would be with the Son and there would be a worldwide message of justice proclaimed. 

When I think of proclaiming justice, my mind imagines the media coverage and publicity of a press release.  We would want the message to challenge oppressors and give hope to the oppressed.  We would want people to know how they can get involved in the cause and where to send support dollars.  But this Messiah had another communication strategy.


[i] Isaiah 42:1-4

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