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Ok, here goes…
Why Doesn’t Jesus let the demons He throws out identify Him as the Son of God? Wouldn’t that make people believe, and wouldn’t that be kind of ironic?
Also: Why did Jesus warn folks not to make it known that He was the Son of God?
Ok…obviously, the reason this is asked is because the Scriptures don’t give a definitive reason why Jesus did what seems almost counterproductive to gaining a following. I mean, if Jesus let supernatural beings identify Him as the Messiah, wouldn’t that just help to further His cause? The most common answer to that, and the one I tend to lean toward has to do with timing.
Everything happening in it’s right time. The amazing thing about God is that He is sovereign, meaning, He is in complete control of all things. The even MORE amazing thing about His sovereignty is that He seems to be able to exercises it through the midst of man’s appearant free will. Jesus had to go to the cross…it was mandatory. If He didn’t, we would still be lost. There had to be a right time and a right place for people to know that Jesus is the Son of God…and the majority of that belief came after Jesus was killed and then rose again. Had He let everyone identify Him as the Messiah, the groundswell of His popularity may have prevented His death. Maybe that’s even why the demons were so quick to want to identify Him…to throw off the timing, make the cross a less sure thing?
That seems like the most reasonable explanation for His behavior to me.
What do you think?