Have you known someone who was not good at keeping a secret? I had a brother like this. He was terrible at keeping secrets. And on top of that, he was extremely curious.
He always wanted to know what you were getting the other brothers for Christmas or their birthday. And within a day of finding out, you knew he would tell them. Without fail.
If he found out you'd gotten in trouble at school, you knew you might as well turn yourself in. It wasn't that he was a tattle tale; he just couldn't keep a secret.
Maybe you're like that. You hate trying to keep a secret. And it can be hard. Maybe you've given away a surprise birthday party. Or barely caught yourself. You might avoid that person for the next couple days because you have this news you can hardly contain, you feel like you're gonna burst.
Well throughout Mark's gospel, Jesus has been commanding people to keep His Messianic secret. He'll heal someone or cast out a demon. And as soon as they start to confess Him as Messiah. He hushes them up-and charges them that they tell no one.
This seems a little curious. But why is He doing this? "His time had not yet come."
Everything Jesus did, He intentionally did in the will and the timing of His Father.
I wonder are you like Christ in that area? Are you willing to wait on God's timing? Or do you try to force things?
Are you able to be patient during a trial? Or do you demand a solution or a healing or at least an answer, right away?
It's hard to wait for things in the 21st century. We don't just sit around on farms all day, like they used to. We don't have to wait months for a letter to make it across country with the Pony Express. We have instant information at our fingertips. We go ballistic if our high speed internet isn't operating at a high enough speed.
We're not used to planning a couple days to get another town. We have cars, not horses. We expect to be there in a couple hours.
My brother Nathan travels to pastors' conferences every Monday with Dr. Bob, the chancellor of Bob Jones University. They take his personal jet. So Nathan will go to Denver for a good day's work and arrive home at supper time in SC.
It's amazing how the speed of life has multiplied, literally exponentially in the last century.
Which means we have to work extra hard to cultivate patience and the ability to wait on the Lord.
The disciples couldn't watch and pray in the Garden of Gethsemane all night. We'd have probably walked away after half an hour. We can't wait that long-without a wi-fi signal.
But Jesus always said to the Father "Not My will, but Thine." He waited on God's timing. And now was the time. The Messianic secret was over.