From the Pastor,
Have you ever wondered why Jesus healed people, but told them not to tell anyone? The end of Mark 1 shows this happening and also provides part of the answer: “43 And He strictly warned him (the man Jesus just healed of leprosy) and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
45 However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.
Jesus wanted to be able to teach people about the Kingdom, which required being able to move freely from town-to-town, but being flocked by multitudes prevented Him from doing so; instead He was forced out to deserted places.
Secondly, Jesus wanted to help people spiritually more than He wanted to help them physically. If Jesus healed people, and the news spread, people would be coming to Him for physical reasons instead of spiritual ones. Think about John 6. After Jesus fed the 5,000, thousands followed Him, but it wasn’t to hear Him teach. It was because they were hungry again…and I don’t mean hungry spiritually. After Jesus tried to talk to them spiritually and tell them He was the true bread/manna/food from heaven they should be hungering for, they walked off in frustration.
This is why we see a sort of reluctance in Jesus at times to perform miracles, like for example when Mary wanted Him to turn water into wine.
So this begs the question: why did Jesus still perform miracles if He knew they’d make His ministry more difficult? One reason is the miracles testified of His Messiahship, but the other reason is contained in Mark 1:41: He was “moved with compassion.” Matthew 9:35 and 36 say Jesus went through all the towns and villages and when He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them. Jesus wants to meet our spiritual needs, but He still feels compassion for our physical needs.