Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages near Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets.”
Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
Peter replied, “You are the Messiah. ”
But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
But Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. What reason would there be for warning them not to tell. He just told the blind man not to tell, but to go home, in fact avoid the city. Is there a message in this? This happens frequently, saying not to tell, just go home. This time it is to Peter, one of His own. What we see is the word gets out anyway. Yes, there is the telling when told not to, but also the evidence of the healing would ‘talk’.
Evidence that is not hearsay or opinion, even opinion based upon evidence seen talks for us. The healings, and later the resurrection tell the story of who Jesus is. Would it be possible to use the old saying that actions speak louder than words, here? Can we see that ‘the proof is in the pudding’? We need to be sure we own the words we share and by that, what is meant is there needs to be more than the opinion/revelation, there should be life in the words that is obvious, seen by others. Our actions, thoughts, words, interactions are light. Is that light showing Christ? Is the Word of God alive and active within us?